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Episode 41 – Everything you want to know about pound cake

Coffee and vanilla pound cakeIn today’s episode we’ll be talking in details about the pound cake, known as quattro quarti in Italian. This is probably the cake I make more often, especially in its version made with extra virgin olive oil, the most appreciated during our cooking classes, but also the one I rely on when I don’t have a clear idea on what to bake.

The original pound cake contained one pound each of eggs, sugar, flour and butter. Hence its English name, pound cake, and its French or Italian name, quattro quarti, four quarters.

What you need is therefore a scale to weigh the eggs, with their shell. The weight of the eggs will then give you the amount of sugar, flour and butter to use. Listen to the episode to learn how to adjust the four ingredients to make endless variations to the basic recipe.

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Join our Virtual Tuscan Cooking Class

Juls’ Kitchen is a family business. Tommaso and I work together to teach classes, develop recipes for clients, taking photos, producing the podcast, and writing the blog and the newsletter, along with cookbooks and articles. It has its highs and lows, but this is our job, and career. We do not have a backup plan, and, to be honest, after the hard work it took to get where we are, I do not want to change my job, as this is what brings me joy, what I am good at. That’s why we had to rethink our offer to change it according to the completely new situation.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Italian lockdown, we had to suspend our cooking classes for the moment. As we are missing people joining us in the kitchen and we’re missing sharing food and recipes, we launched a virtual Tuscan cooking course!
 
I am sure we will be back teaching classes in our cooking studio in the countryside, meeting people at the local café to begin the market tour, working for clients and brands to create recipes and organizing workshops and gatherings, but for the moment, we had to find a compromise. A compromise which is revealing itself rewarding, fun, and something we will keep for the future in our business plan! This is how our virtual cooking class was born.
 
With this course you will join me in my kitchen, attending step-by-step cooking demonstrations to show you exactly how to prepare each recipe. We’re going to use simple, affordable ingredients. You’ll learn recipes to make antipasti (appetisers), primi (fresh pasta from scratch like tagliatelle and ravioli), secondi (traditional meat and fish dishes), contorni (seasonal side dishes) and dolci (my famous olive oil cake, but also crostate and almond biscotti).
 
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  1. Hello,
    I am very excited to see you virtual cooking classes. Elizabeth Minchelli recommended you in her monthly email today and I followed the link to your site and am now following you on Instagram as well.
    I have a question about the virtual cooking classes – are they at a set time that we long onto live? If so, how many people can join a class simultaneously? I’d like to do one together with my daughter. However, due to Covid we are 5 hours apart. Can’t wait to take your classes.
    Grazié,
    Cynthia Ancona

    1. Hello Cynthia, thank you for reaching out, I’m so happy Elizabeth shared our classes in her newsletter. As for the virtual cooking classes, you can buy the course on Udemy and follow it when you want, as all the videos have already been recorded. Once you buy the course, you have a lifetime access to the recipes, and of course I’m at your disposal for any question and doubt!

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