March 10, 2012 by Giulietta
Picture by Eleonora
Today a bright sun shines in Turin, and it should last for the entire weekend, quite conveniently, since I'm going on a little getaway. I just want to enjoy these first blue skies, this first warm sun, I just want to drive along some country roads and stop whenever I want to, searching for anything, but some photographic fascination… maybe I didn't tell you this, but I'm attending a photography class. I'm doing this, so maybe I'll learn to use my powerful photographic means.
But (and you've already learned that there's always a but), to avoid that weather plays tricks on me, I'd do some sort of sacrifice to the gods of weather: I offer you a recipe that I hope it will be the last winter one for this blogging season… if you'll find the recipe for yak and bell peppers, next time, blame the weather, not my intentions. I couldn't think of anything wintery than a dried fruit cake served with zabaione, flavored with a passito wine (my achilles heel) … is it wintery enough?
I hope this cake would be a sufficient sacrifice, and I hope that sun will be with us longer and longer, from now on, or at least for this weekend (I'll settle for little, after all).
Category Arabic cuisine, Cakes and pies, Dessert and Sweets, Dried fruit, Pantry cakes, Wine | Tags: almond,arabic cuisine,cakes and pies,dessert and sweets,dried fruit,hazelnut,pantry cakes,passito di Pantelleria,pine nuts,pistachio,raisin,tunisia,wine,zabaione | 13 Comments
December 25, 2011 by Giulietta
What can I say about Panettone, except that it's the Italian Christmas dessert par excellence (for me Panettone is way way better than Pandoro)?! That I think that the scent could revive dead persons? That its softness could melt even the most hard-hearted?
No, I prefer to say that this year I wanted to allow myself this experiment, repeated twice: the first time I failed (a wrong and too long rising, which led to a very good Panettone, but drier than it should be), while the second Panettone was phenomenal, also thanks to Morena from Menta e Cioccolato, this recipe's mom and the one who suggested me not to give up and who gave me some successful tips.
With this Panettone (which will cut itself by magic in exact the number of slices needed for all of you) I wish you to spend a happy and peaceful Christmas, reveling surrounded by your loved ones (I have to wish you something food-related). And I wish you that this Christmas will bring you everything that you want.
And, last but not least, I want to thank you all for your patience in reading my rigmarole, for the affection, attention and support I feel in your every comment and every e-mail. Thank you all and, sincerely, Merry Christmas.
… don't worry, now I leave you the recipe!
Category Christmas, Dessert and Sweets, Holidays, Home-made is better, Leavened, Lombardy, Regional Italian cooking | Tags: candied fruits,Christmas,dessert and sweets,holidays,home-made is better,leavened,Lombardy,Milan,panettone,raisin,regional italian cuisine | 33 Comments
March 26, 2011 by Giulietta
My friend Patrizia gave me this cookies recipe (have you already guessed that from the post title?! Good for you!), and she in turn took this recipe from Anna Moroni (a cook from Italian tv programme Ready steady cook). But she made a small but significant change to the original recipe, to me these are Patrizia's cookies, period.
These cookies are very easy-making (no cookie cutters, no rolling pins), very light and suitable for those who have certain food allergies (no butter, no milk, no eggs), very tasty (thanks to wine, raisins and pine nuts) and great dunked in a glass of fortified wine, or perfect for an mid-afternoon or mid-morning break, along with a cup of tea or a coffee.
Just to make things clear, these are NOT classic breakfast cookies! But not all the cookies must be eaten for breakfast! What is this discrimination?!?!
So, if you want a recipe for some easy-making and not cloying pastry, you are definitely in the right place!
Category Cookies, Dessert and Sweets, Dried fruit | Tags: Asti muscat,brut-e-bun,cookies,dessert and sweets,pine nuts,raisin,wine | 1 Comment