Ciambelle Con Marmellata (Home-Style Jam Cake)

Course : Cakes
Serves: 1
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1 tablespoon unsalted butter -- softened
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour -- preferably organic stone-ground
1 cup cake flour
1 Dash salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon shredded lemon zest
6 tablespoons unsalted butter -- chilled and cut into pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup Homemade Tart Jam
2 teaspoon pearl sugar or granulated sugar

Preparation / Directions:

Brush large baking sheet with 1 tablespoon soft butter. In large shallow bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cake flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar and lemon zest. Blend thoroughly with hands or with fork. Rub in butter, using fingertips, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir egg, vanilla and milk together. Make well in middle of dry ingredients and add liquids. Gradually work in dry ingredients, tossing with fork. (This thoroughly moistens dough. Beating makes dough tough. Dough should be lumpy, sticky and moist.) Gather and turn dough onto generously floured surface. Lightly flour hands. Pat dough out to form 13x8-inch rectangle. Place on prepared baking sheet. Dab homemade tart jam down center of dough in about 2-inch wide ribbon. Fold 2 flaps of pastry lengthwise over filling, overlapping slightly. Pinch seams together. To prevent jam from oozing, pinch ends together. Sprinkle top with pearl sugar. Bake on center rack of 350¡F oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 250¡F and bake for another 25 minutes. Cool slightly. Cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick slices and serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 servings. Bake fruit jam in center of Modena crumbling cake and you have a sweet called ciambelle. This long, low cake tastes like a cross between a soft, filled cookie and a sweet biscuit. Although best eaten within several hours of baking, it keeps two days if tightly wrapped and stored in the refrigerator.


Nutritional Information:

7001 Calories (kcal); 674g Total Fat; (85% calories from fat); 45g Protein; 222g Carbohydrate; 2024mg Cholesterol; 1208mg Sodium

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