“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”….here on Tasty Italy!
It’s really cold here in Italy and with only 4 weeks left to Christmas my mind is set to the happiest time of the year! A very special one as we will be celebrating this year’s Christmas as a family of 3! Life with little Samuele has changed completely I must say. Our little boy is already 6,5 weeks now and growing strong. One month after birth he gained 1 kilo / 2.2 pounds and 8 cm /3 inches!!! He’s already growing out of his very first onesies. Luckily I’m able to breastfeed him and that is going really well! Sleeping however is way more difficult, especially during the night. He doesn’t really like his crib, but likes it way more to sleep on top of us! Can’t blame him but it means not much sleep for us 😉 But he’s a wonderful boy!! Well, so far a little update on our baby boy!
As I was saying…Christmas is just around the corner so that means Tasty Italy is getting into the Christmas spirit as well! The coming 4 weeks I will give you some baking ideas for this most joyful time of the year! I know, the recipes are not as healthy as they maybe should be. But baking is so much fun when it’s cold outside and I’ll be thinking of more healthy dishes once Christmas is over. So, the first idea I wanted to share with you are these spectacular yummy mini walnut marble cakes. Instead of one big one I prefer the small ones so everybody has their own. Perfect to serve as dessert!
In Italy we are used to have a big Christmas lunch on the 25th of December. In The Netherlands it’s custom to have a special Christmas dinner. Normally also a bigger breakfast, but no, lunch is not that important.
I’m curious how you celebrate Christmas in your country. With dinner or lunch and on Christmas eve or on the 25th of December? Let me know 🙂
Mini Walnut Marble Cake
serves 6 (mini)
250 g // 2 cup all purpose flour
250 g // 1 1/4 cup sugar
125 g // 1/2 cup butter
25 g // 1/4 cup cocoa powder
handful walnuts (coarsely chopped)
1/8 liter // 1/2 cup milk + 2 tbsp milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 150ºC / 300ºF.
Butter and flour 6 mini bundt pans.
In a medium bowl beat the egg whites until stiff (if you turn the bowl upside down, the egg whites won’t fall). In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Now gradually add in the flour and continue beating. Add baking powder, salt, milk (1/8 l) and vanilla extract and continue beating until smooth. With a wooden spoon slowly add the (stiff) egg whites. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder with 2 tbsp of milk and stir really well until there are no lumps and a very thick chocolate paste forms. Now gradually add 1/4 of the vanilla cake batter and stir really well into the chocolate paste until evenly incorporated and no light streaks remain. To create a marbling effect start by filling a third of the pan with the vanilla cake batter, followed by a bit of the chocolate batter, adding some walnuts and finishing by covering with some more vanilla batter.
Bake in the oven for 20/25 minutes or until golden brown. You can dust with some powdered sugar if you like.