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Recipe of Ciambellone

posted by Home In Italy on March 23rd, 2018

CIAMBELLONE: INGREDIENTS FOR A 24 CM DIAMETER CAKE MOLD
flour 00 350 g
butter at room temperature 200 g
medium eggs 5
granulated sugar 210 g
baking powder for cakes 16 g
lemons the grated rind of 1
salt 2 g

DECORATION
Powdered sugar

CIAMBELLONE: HOW TO PROCEED
Making the donut is really easy. Start by putting the butter at room temperature with the sugar in a planetary equipped with a whisk. Keep the planetary in action for at least 10 minutes. In case you do not own it, you can also use normal electric whips, working the dough for the same time. Add whole eggs now: I recommend that they should be at room temperature and incorporated one at a time . It will take around 15 minutes for this phase. Add the grated lemon peel and the pinch of salt. Continue manually, adding the baking powder and the sieved flour together. You will get a nice full-bodied mixture. Use butter and flour to prepare the pan, pour the mixture into it and cook in a preheated oven at 170 ° for 40 minutes. The ciambellone is ready: let it cool before turning it out, then serve it whole or sliced.

Bugie: Italian Carnival sweet pastry fritters

posted by Home In Italy on February 13th, 2018

Bugie or chiacchiere are just two of the many names that you may hear along the Italian peninsula for these typical fritters. The recipe is tasty and simple, it is basically dough made with flour, butter, sugar, vanilla flavoring, eggs flattened into thin strips that are then deep-fried or sometimes baked in the oven and then served coated in sugar.
A variation of the recipe includes the addition of the liqueur or other spirit such as Marsala or Grappa.
The recipe proposed here below is the simplest version, without liqueur or any other variation that will unquestionably indulge even the most difficult sweet tooth, grown-ups or children alike.

RECIPE FOR: 4 PERSONS
PREPARATION:10 MINUTES
COOKING TIME:10 MINUTES

Ingredients
• 4 eggs
• 400 g flour
• 40 g sugar
• 50 g melted butter
• a pinch of salt
• icing sugar
• vegetable oil

Directions
1. Prepare the dough by sifting flour and adding the sugar.
2. In a bowl beat eggs and add them to the flour together with lemon zest and a pinch of salt.
3. Knead mixture on flour-dusted work surface. Add butter until dough is smooth and elastic.
4. Work the dough until it is smooth reducing the thickness setting until reaching 2/3mm. With serrated pastry wheel, cut it into long rectangles.
5. Heat vegetable oil in deep frying pan. Fry the bugie on each side until a nice gold colour appears.
6. Remove bugie and place on tray lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
7. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle icing sugar on the bugie.

Christmas Alexander

posted by Home In Italy on December 20th, 2017

A WICKEDLY CREAMY BRANDY COCKTAIL
“Drinks don’t get more decadent than this brandy cocktail with crème de cacao and cream ”

SERVES: 1 DIFFICULTY: NOT TOO TRICKY

NUTRITION PER SERVING
Calories: 243
Fat: 13g
Saturates: 6.6g
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 4.3g
Sugars: 4.2g
Salt: 0.1g
Fibre: 0.3g

Ingredients
40 ml cognac
30 ml Crème de cacao white
15 ml almond milk
15 ml double cream
TO GARNISH:
1 star anise
1 tsp peeled pistachios

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Grate over a pistachio, then garnish with the whole nuts and star anise.

HIS MAJESTY, THE WHITE TRUFFLE

posted by Home In Italy on January 27th, 2017

The precious white truffle, scientific name ‘Tuber Magnatum Pico’, is considered the truffle par excellence because it has a significant important trade role.
Its specific taste and its aromatic smell make the white truffle a very appreciated ingredient in the kitchen and it is considered the best after the black truffle.
Piedmont is the region in Italy where you can find the white truffle, and Alba is a suitable place where to celebrate this most loved and sought delight of the chefs from all over the world.
Every year in October and November, almost two months of events celebrating the Tuber Magnatum Pico, the white truffle of Alba, gem of Piedmont di Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, with an International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba invading the streets, courtyards, markets and palaces of the capital of the Langhe.

How to conserve


The truffle most be stored in a glass jar or, alternatively, in an airtight plastic container. Within this, it should be wrapped in a paper towel, which should be changed and replaced every day. To avoid definitely, as erroneously spread, is to introduce rice in the container, because the rice excessively absorbs the moisture of the truffle, drying it and depriving it of its perfume. Similarly, avoid to store it in oil, which favors fermentation.

The jar or container needs to be placed in the lower part of the refrigerator, at a temperature between 2 and 4 °C (pay attention to milk products, such as butter and cheese, which tend to absorb the smell). Even under the best storage conditions, it is recommended though to eat the truffle within seven/ ten days after purchase. Like the universal rule valued for all fresh products: the sooner you eat/drink it, the better the tastes of the truffle will be.

How to clean


The truffle is a fungus that grows underground: it goes without saying that at the moment of collecting them, they will be covered with earth. It is advisable that anyone who sells truffles already cleanse them before sale, making sure to brush them, even if only superficially. Primarily for the weight, which affects the price, but even more to allow those who are purchasing to verify the quality of the truffles. The earth, in addition to hiding any flaws, it may also be a carrier of insects or worms of various sizes, which might ruin the truffle. For all these reasons, our fresh truffles are sold already well brushed. We do not wash them as this process could undermine its duration. It would be enough to, a few hours before serving the truffle at the table or use it as an ingredient, gently wipe it – but carefully – with a soft bristle brush (such as a fine shoe brush or toothbrush, clean of course) wetted with water at room temperature. The white truffle should never be immersed in water, cooked nor boiled.

How to cut



You don’t eat a truffle by biting it (unless you can afford it), you don’t peal it with a knife (except for the black truffle) and should not be torn to pieces (even if, in some recipes, this way of preparation can offer unique sensations). Generally you don’t grater the truffle, although some kitchen tools could guarantee good results in that way.

The best way to enhance the flavor is to gill. There are several thoughts about the cut, depending on whether you want to achieve a crispy or melted result; in the first case, the blades will be thicker and consistent, in the second case rather thin, almost transparent. The tool to achieve this is the truffle slicer. There are different types available on the market: the important this is that it is equipped with a smooth and sharpened blade, preferably stainless steel, which can regulate the thickness of the slices in order to get a precise cut; variable between 0.2 and 4 mm.

Another suggestion concerns the disposition on the plate. For the most sublime experience, we suggest you to create a cone starting from the outer edge of the plate, creating concentric circles smaller and smaller, following a circular motion.