I’ve mentioned before that our breakfast isn’t the healthiest in the Italian foodie house. It always consists of a creamy cappuccino and something sweet on the side, hey we’re “ee- tal -ien”, well everyone else is except the one writing the blog:) We’re getting a bit sick of the croissants from the local shop and I’m even beginning to tire of my favourite Italian biscuits so I’m making a big effort to bake a bit more. Nothing fancy just something simple to have with coffee in the morning. I’ve made this lemon cake a few times and everyone loves it so it’s a keeper, I made choc chip cookies the other day and they were nice but not Italian foodie standard so I’m looking for the best choc chip recipe there is so let me know if you have one.


what you need:

 – 200g unsalted butter

 – 150g golden caster sugar

 – zest and juice of 1 lemon

 – 3 eggs beaten

 – 200g plain flour

 – 2 tsp baking powder

 – 50g ground almonds

 – 2 tbsp milk


what to do:

 – heat the oven to 180 degrees

 – line the base of a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment

 – cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.

 – add the lemon zest.

 – gradually add the beaten egg and mix between each addition.

 – sift the flour and baking powder together and then fold into the cake mixture with the ground almonds.

 – add the milk and lemon juice and mix with a spatula until smooth.

 – spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown, stick a skewer or knife into the centre and if it comes out clean it is done.

 – serve with coffee, tea or cappuccino:)


The SIL makes a really good panettone but she adds vegetable oil to the mix which makes it really moist, I’m going to replace the milk with oil the next time and see how it comes out, I didn’t have any this time so it’s in my press now ready for duty. Up this week is a simple apple cake so stay tuned:)


Every morning myself and Bru disagree on how we like our cappuccinos, Bru is the official “cappuccino maker” as I make latte so I’m told so I’ve been fired(the cheek). He does make a great coffee but it’s always too cold for me and I have to put it into the microwave to heat it up, he drinks it a lot cooler like they do in Italy and I know this is the way it’s supposed to be drank but I prefer it hot. I think this is an Irish thing after all those years of drinking tea so just wondering how do you drink yours?? 

buon appetito!!