A simple, classic, homemade Italian breakfast.
That's what I decided to prepare the day after I saw Laura Ravaioli's show at Gambero Rosso where she was demonstrating how to make a ciambellone al ciocolato like how her mother used to and a glass of milk with mint syrup and chocolate. Aside from the whole country who wouldn't say no to a breakfast like this, there is one person I wanted to prepare it for. My other half.
I know how the world stops for him when he sees a ciambellone on the table, morning, or whatever time of the day it is. A ciambellone and a glass of milk is a timeless combination. It doesn't follow any time of the day or amount that he eats.
This cake and a glass of milk are partners. They go together perfectly especially when you like to dunk your breakfast in a glass of milk. A simpler ciambellone slightly flavored with lemon rind and a drink of white milk are more common but sometimes, it's nice to divert from the usual.
It can be absurd to hear that I have never had a glass of chocolate milk in my life. To get some calcium, my Mom would force me to drink a glass a day when I was young. It was the worst time of the day for me and my Mom. It takes me at least an hour and a lot of prodding to drink half a glass. I never liked the smell and taste of cow's milk and this aversion limited me to a lot of food with milk. When I moved to Italy, I discovered almond milk. I slowly started replacing dairy milk in all the drinks and desserts I make with almond milk like smoothies, panna cotta and a whole new world for me. With this milk drink, I replaced the usual dairy with almond and for the first time in my life, I enjoyed a glass of milk. If only my Mom is still around, she would have been very happy to see me finally drinking a glass of milk, even if it's almond. Today, being her birthday, I would like to give a toast to a woman who had been so patient in keeping up with me all those years.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend and before I end this, scroll down for the recipes of both cake and drink if you are thinking of what to do for Sunday breakfast.
Ciambellone al Cioccolato & Milk with Mint & Chocolate
Adapted from Laura Ravaioli's recipe
Ciambellone al Cioccolato
For a 24 cm. ring mold
- 300 g. flour (I used OO.) + more for sprinkling in the baking pan
- 275 g. sugar
- 120 g. dark chocolate
- 100 g. butter, softened + more for rubbing in the baking pan
- 150 g. milk
- 4 eggs
- 16 g. lievito in polvere (baking powder)
- pinch of salt
- Prepare ring mold by rubbing it with butter and sprinkling with flour. Set aside.
- In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate in a bain marie or double boiler. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix whisk eggs and sugar by hand. Add salt. When you have a creamy light yellow mixture, add pinches (or diced) of the softened butter. Keep on whisking.
- Pour melted chocolate and keep on whisking.
- Add flour alternately with milk. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to the ring mold
- Bake for 35 minutes at a pre-heated oven of 175 degrees Celcius or until the knife you insert in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Milk with Mint & Chocolate
For 1 glass
- cow's milk or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- boiling water
- mint syrup
- Pour a few drops of boiling water in a glass. Add cocoa powder and mix until completely melted.
- Pour desired amount of milk. Mix.
- Add mint syrup and sugar according to taste. Mix.