In Italy, the closest to a Thanksgiving celebration was the Romans’ feast Cerelia, in honor of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain, fertility and of autumn. It was celebrated on the Fourth of October. I don’t remember ever celebrating Ceres, but I would have liked to give thanks to the goddess of agriculture since my paternal grandparents were farmers, and really good ones!
I still remember my dad’s stories about an adolescence spent running around la Malachina, the farm he lived until he was 20. Only ruins remain today, but the memories are still fresh in his mind.
So, not to be overdone by my American friends, I have decided to give a Thanksgiving favorite, the apple pie, the Italian treatment. I am giving you my favorite Italian dessert, one that my mom has taught me when I was a little girl: Italian apple cake. No crust, but oh the goodness!!
TORTA DI MELE
2 pounds of fresh and yummy apples
150 gr of sugar
200 gr of flour
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of baking powder
Pinch of salt
Join sugar and eggs in a bowl and stir them until a nice, thick cream is created.
Add the flour, vanilla extract and baking powder.
Add milk to the mixture so that it’s creamy.
Peel the apples and slice them in thin layers.
Pour the mixture from the dry and wet ingredients in a pan and add the apples.
Sprinkle sugar over the apples.
Bake in the over at 350 F for 5o minutes.
La festa del Ringraziamento – Thanksgiving
L’autunno – fall
L’agricultura – agriculture
La mela – apple
Lo zucchero – sugar
Il latte – milk