Jacaranda trees, sweet fragrant jasmine blossoms, misterious huele de noche. Árboles de Limón, (lime trees), wild orchids and at the back bottom the Popocatépetl volcano watching us. Those are the colors I grew up at my parent’s garden. Truly Under the Volcano. Being raised in Cuernavaca, la Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera (“the city of eternal spring”), I have enjoyed the beauty of nature at its full splendor year round. In Mexico (at least, most of the territory) we don’t really know what winter is or represents.
Last year when I learnt about the worldwide Nutella Day celebration, it was too late to participate, but I promised myself to do it the following year.
Here I am my friends, keeping my promises but most importantly, paying homage to a longtime , obscure love affair: Nutella.
Luckily for me, it didn’t take me long to find out what to do with this buttery hazelnut-chocolate spread. The answer came to me naturally: Alfajores; because what could be better than pair this amazing Italian invent with one of my favorite cookies?. After all the best two best ways to eat Nutella are: 1) by spoonfuls (very dangerous, I know) and the 2) as in a tartine, with plain toasted bread. I just replaced the bread for a cookie.
Yes, I´m such a smart cookie :)
Oranges are one of my favorite fruits. I like it because its versatility to apply it on savoury and sweet recipes but also as the best option for a light snack during the day. Orange and Vanilla pound cake is my edible version of heaven. I used to bake and sell this cake when I was doing my Culinary studies and it was one of my bestsellers. There’s nothing fancy about this cake but that’s where its beauty resides, is all about the sweet taste of oranges.
Try it with any other citrus fruit.