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TORTINI AL CAFFE (Mini Coffee cakes)

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Coffee was first introduced to Europe from Egypt through the Italian city of Venice. Merchants sold coffee to the wealthy in Venice, charging them greatly for the privilege of drinking this exciting new beverage.

Due to its eastern roots, coffee in Italy was at the outset considered sinful and deemed as an Islamic threat to Christianity. However its popularity grew regardless and it was decided that far from religious conspiracy , it would be a great sin to banish such a delightful drink. Named for the beverage that it served, the first caffe’ or cavee’ in Venice, soon became synonymous with comfortable atmosphere, conversation and good food.

Ingredients to serve 6 

180 gr unsalted butter at room temperature

125 gr sugar

3 medium eggs

6 tbsp strong espresso, cooled  

1 tsp vanilla extract

150gr plain flour

2 tsp baking powder


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4.

Place the soften butter and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until fluffy.

Add the eggs one at the time, whisking well between each addition.

Add the cooled espresso and the vanilla extract.

Sift the flour with the baking powder and gently fold into the mixture.

Place into individual mini cake moulds and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.