domenica 8 luglio 2007

yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

When I was at school, I hated history classes. I dunno why, but I just didn't understand what was the use in wasting such a lot of time talking about old old old people, that did things years and years and years ago...but then you grow up a little bit, and you begin to understand that everything happens because of the so-called "chain-reaction" thing; you realize that nothing is just caused by the chance or destiny, but there's a connection betwwen the things, even if the connection is not so clear to your eyes.
what we are now is only the result of what we have done before, and it can be yesterday, 4 years ago, 2 centuries ago...
I was thinking about it today when in the news they talked about the "new wonders" of the world, proclaimed yesterday in Portugal, and among them there's the Colosseo in Rome. They immediately interviewed tons of tourists in Rome to ask them if they agreed, and all the people said that it's incredible to visit such a monument and so it's amazing to think that it's still here to witness the grandeur of the past...but I think the most struggling question is, how have we ended up this way?!

in such a revival mood, I found an old recipe and I've changed it a little's an alternative to the classic marble cake, but the concept behind it, is absolutely the same,but the flavor, well, that is a little bit "old-style", the ancestor of the modern marble cake!

Mosaic Cupcakes

112g sugar
56g butter
200g flour
1 egg
90g yoghurt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
A pinch of salt

DOUGH N°1, add:
10ml golden syrup
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
2 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

DOUGH N°2, add:
½ teaspoon rose water
A few drops of pink food colouring

DOUGH N°3, add:
½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Pre-heat oven at 180°C/350°F
Cream together the butter and the sugar. When it’s creamy add the egg.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Ass the flour mixture alternately with the yoghurt to the butter, sugar and egg batter.
Now, separate into three parts.
To one add spices, golden syrup and cocoa powder.
To the second add pink colouring and rose water.
To the third add only vanilla.
Drop into the muffin mold (or baking pan, if you prefer one big cake!) alternately a spoonful of each mixture, drawing the spoon through each color two or three times to make the colors lie in patterns. Bake in the oven for 20/30 minutes, for the muffins; 30/40 minutes for the cake.


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