It’s been a few days now that I feel I miss home a lot! I’ve been living permanently here in Sweden for the last two and a half years but I originally come from Greece, for those who may not know it already! 🙂 So, there are times that I feel sort of homesick…I miss beloved ones, places I used to hang out, favorite smells, favorite food…and it’s then when I decide to bring all of them here, to my new home, to my kitchen! Those evenings as a little girl playing with my mom in our old kitchen and preparing one of my most favorite desserts (and morning snacks!) somehow revive and that same old smell of the freshly-baked cake fills my new home and heart with joy!
Here is one of my small secrets of happiness…
WHAT YOU NEED:
500kg of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder (a generous one)
250g of butter
2 ½ teacups of sugar
1 ¼ teacups of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
A bit of grated orange peel
Mix the butter with the sugar and stir until you get a homogenous mixture. Pour the eggs in the mixture one at a time and stir well for 3 minutes. Sift the flour and pour a little bit of it in the mixture (while stirring of course!) and right after that pour a little bit of the milk as well. Repeat this procedure until you have poured all of the flour and milk in the mixture. Add the baking powder and your aromas (that is the vanilla powder and the grated orange peel) and stir gently for a while (be careful! – Stir gently otherwise your cake will only be 2cm tall!).
Spread the bottom and the sides of your fanciest cake tin (I used my cheesecake tin though) with a little bit of butter and flour and bake for 60-75 minutes in 180 degrees.
TIP 1: Keep checking your cake while baking it! The time required can differ much depending on how powerful your oven is.
TIP 2: In order for you to be sure that your cake is ready take a knife and dip its cutting edge vertically into the cake. If it comes out easily and clean (not sticky), then it means that your cake is baked.
TIP 3: Wait for your cake to cool off a bit and pour on top of it sifted powder sugar. It’s the small details that make the difference! 😉