Recipe: Apple Ciambella With Almond Cream


This mascarpone, almond cream and apple cake is a true delight.

The following recipe, prepared by Chef Rossella Rago, appears on CookingWithNonna.com.

Ingredients

Serves: 10

For the Ciambella:

  • 1 pound flour
  • 5 apples of your choice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • pimch of cinnamon
  • butter

For the Almond Cream:

  • 16 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only

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Directions

  1. Preparation for the Ciambella:
    1. Pre-heat the oven at 400F.
    2. You can use a large glass bowl and an electric beater to do your mixing or you can use a Stand Mixer.
    3. Add the eggs and beat them well.
    4. Add the baking powder and mix well into the eggs.
    5. Add the olive oil and mix well.
    6. Add the lemon zest and the cinnamon and mix well.
    7. Add the sugar and mix well.
    8. Little by little add the flour and mix until the flour is totally absorbed into the liquids. The mix should be semi-soft. Put aside.
    9. Peel the apples and slice them into half moon about 1/4 inch thick. Squeeze the juice of a lemon on the apple slices to prevent oxidation and give then an extra kick.
    10. Take a 10” Angel Food Cake Pan and grease with butter the bottom and the sides.
    11. Pour half of the mix into the pan and make sure that it is evenly distributed.
    12. Add a row of apple slices on the surface of the mix to cover the entire mix.
    13. Add the remaining mix to the pan and level it.
    14. Position apple slices on to with each slice overlapping half of the preceding slice.
    15. Sprinkle sugar over the entire top of the Ciambella.
    16. Bake the Ciambella for 60 minutes.
  2. Preparation for the Almond Cream:
    1. In a high speed food processor add the almonds and the sugar and process for about 3 minutes.
    2. Add the mascarpone and the lemon zest and process until you have a smooth cream (about 1 min.)
  3. Serving:
    1. Slice the Ciambella and serve with a scoop of Almond Cream.
    2. Garnish with fresh mint.

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