The beauty of Falls

I have always been a happy person. Then when you grow up you are “forced” to become more serious, more focused on studies and work. I have always been so competitive that losing was not an option for me, as I started playing tennis when I was only 8 years old this tendency to get more and more competitive got stronger in the years. Then while years passed I realized how you have to find time for yourself, you have to chose what is best for you and what is not. This happens with people too. It doesn’t make sense to be surrounded with people you don’t like or that don’t support you.

Working in the restaurant sector gave me the possibility to see how you can become more tolerant. How you can tolerate some situations you where not used to, to tolerate people – both customers and colleagues – that may be rude, crazy or simply not so nice with you. Falls is the perfect season to stop, get a little be slower and think about the direction you want to give to your life (personal and work one). It is also a great time of the year to start new projects, move to a new city (no not in my case, not again) or simply start a new personal challenge. We are used to write down our new purposes on the end of the year, for the new year coming. For me falls is the ideal “new begin”.

Last week end, exactly one year after moving back in my hometown, I find myself back in Milan again. With my parents visiting me and we were reflecting on the opportunity that life gave me, bringing me in Milan again after my sudden “adieu” to the city. So to celebrate this “new begin in the old city”, I simply baked a great apple cake. It is a recipe that my mum gave me, but of course I’ve made some changes: gluten free flour, no milk and a mix of spices I’ve bought in Zurich last week with my dearest friend Aris.

Ingredients for one loaf cake

  • 110g gluten free flour mix
  • 1 teaspoon soda + 1 teaspoons vinegar (combined)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 125gr soy yogurt (vanilla flavour)
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla)
  • 115g butter melted and cooled to room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven. Grease an 8- or 9-inch (20-23cm) springform pan and place it on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Peel and dice the apples into 1-inch pieces.In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy then whisk in the sugar, then the spices. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, then gently stir in half of the melted butter. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter.

Fold in the apple cubes until they’re well-coated with the batter and scrape them into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top a little with a spatula. Bake the cake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve with a scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt.

This cake is amazing in the morning with a big mug of coffee or after lunch with your mums talking about new projects 🙂

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