A tribute to traditions: Padre Pio’s cake

Are you lovers of heritage handed down from generation to generation?

Do you want to try your hand in the kitchen and make a cake the old-fashioned way?

Padre Pio’s Cake is a traditional dessert whose recipe has been passed on for many generations, and its preparation turns into a moment of sharing among different families.

The process for its realization is rather curious but equally simple, and no electrical tools are needed: just a spoon, a large bowl and… a bit of patience.

If you want to stick to the original directions of the recipe, you’ll need to follow these recommendations:

 

  • don’t use the whisk
  • don’t put the dough in the fridge
  • start it on a Sunday

 

Ready? Let’s go!

 

1st DAY – SUNDAY

Pour the dough gifted by a friend into a glass or porcelain container and add a glass of flour and a glass of sugar. Do not mix and cover with a towel (or aluminium foil)

2nd DAY – MONDAY

Mix and cover

3rd DAY – TUESDAY

Do not touch

4th DAY – WEDNESDAY

Do not touch

5th DAY – THURSDAY

Add a glass of flour, a glass of sugar, and a glass of milk. Do not mix and cover with aluminium foil

6th DAY – FRIDAY

Mix and cover

7th DAY – SATURDAY

Do not touch

8th DAY – SUNDAY

Do not touch

9th DAY – MONDAY

Do not touch

10th DAY – TUESDAY

Mix and remove three cups of dough to gift to three families for which you want luck and/or healing.

Add 2 glasses of flour, 1 glass of sugar, 1 glass of seed oil, 1 glass of whipped walnuts, 1 apple cut into small pieces, 2 eggs, 2 vanillin sachets, 1 yeast sachet, and a pinch of salt. Mix with a wooden spoon, transfer the mixture into a baking tin, and bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes.

 

Of course, not everyone has the mother dough that has been circulating for decades.

If you still want to try this recipe, we suggest mixing all the mentioned ingredients, but removing from the list a glass of flour, one of milk, and one of sugar.

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