Sunday Dinner

Sunday has always been my favorite day of the week because lunch (pranzo) was different than any other day of the week, and because it was a day we shared our meals with family and friends.

I remember as a child our family shared many Sunday meals with my aunts, uncles and cousins at my grandparents Rosalia and Domenico’s house. The house was small but it was never a problem, because my grandma would move most of the furniture out of the small dining room and set the tables needed to fit all of us.

Sunday’s lunch gathering was long, it would start around 1 pm and end around 6 pm, and this was our family’s time to laugh and share stories over a wonderful meal.

I can still smell the sauce simmering on the stove, and my aunt Rosetta’s Ciambella cake baking in the oven. Today my house is “Grandma’s house” and every Sunday my husband and I share stories and laughs with friends and family over a traditional Sicilian meal. The recipes I share with friends and family is my way of connecting my past to my present. The below recipes is dedicated to the memory of my beloved Zia Rosetta. This was her signature recipe.

Zia Rosetta’s Ciambella

2 ¼ cups of flour

2¼ cups of granulated sugar

2/3 cup of vegetable or canola oil

7 tbsp. unsalted butter

4 eggs

½ cup Vermouth liqueur

3 tsp baking powder

¾ cup of milk


Preheat the oven at 375

Coat a nonstick 9-inch tube pan with butter, sprinkle with flour, and place the pan upside down to release excess flour

In a large bowl, sift together flour and baking powder, set aside.

In another large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until and fluffy. Add the melted butter, milk, oil and vermouth, beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until combined.

Spoon batter into the pan, smooth the top and bake until cake rises and turns a golden brown. Test the cake by inserting a toothpick in various parts of the cake comes out clean.

Depending on the oven it can take anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes to cook, so it’s very important that we look at the color of the cake as it bakes.

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