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As the old saying goes…“He who seeks what they should not, finds what he would not.” There is a town in the province of Viterbo (in Umbria, Italy) that should be called the true “Magical Kingdom.” From far away, this town looks like a vision in the sky…something out of a dream…an ancient place where it seems as though all time has stood still…Civita di Bagnoregio.
Embarking on a day trip around Umbria seemed like it might be quite uneventful. Though it is a beautiful part of Italy, I assumed that I would see many of the same beautiful churches filled with frescoes, rolling verdant landscapes and the like. Surprisingly, I felt as if I was suspended on a cloud whilst sight seeing…… There it was—this seemingly magical walkway to the sky.
If you decide to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, you may enter by bus from Orvieto. Cotral buses provide transportation for a small fee. The bus leaves from Orvieto’s Piazza Cahen. Then, the bus drops off in Bagnoregio. From Bagnoregio, a minibus drives up to Civita. If you prefer walking, ( the best way to visit-in my opinion) you can walk up the hill and follow the main road, enjoying the breathtaking views (Wikitravel). If you want to take a staycation and pretend your there without visiting..check out the local webcam that updates photos every 5 minutes there
The perfect dessert while viewing this ‘heavenly kingdom’ in the sky is my gluten free coconut cloud dessert. While it is highly doubtful that you will have leftovers..if you do ..my favorite way to keep leftovers fresh and fresh tasting is the Ozeri InstaVac Food Storage Set. Ozeri is also a perfect way to store ingredients or any foods you want to keep fresh. Besides the fact that they keep air out and lock the freshness in, one of my favorite things about these containers is that you can also post the date you stored them with the handy dial on top of containers. Makes storing so convenient!
Coconut Cloud Dessert-( gluten free )
(approx 8 servings)
*1 cup rice flour-
*1 cup coconut flour
*3/4 cup sugar
*4 ozs butter
*5 medium eggs
*1 tsp baking powder gluten free (or regular baking powder if you are not gluten sensitive)
*extra butter to butter pan
*pinch of salt
Separate eggs and set whites aside. Beat egg yolks, sugar into a cream. Add in softened butter and lemon zest and beat again. In separate bowl place in flours and baking powder. Add into egg yolk mixture a little at a time. In separate bowl beat egg whites, pinch of salt to firm peaks. Then fold egg whites into mixture. Butter and flour with rice flour or potato starch a square or round 8 “ cake pan. Place in batter. Cook for 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
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