Monthly Archives: March 2012

Biscuits

 

Biscotti or Biscuits perfect with a cup of tea, as snack in the afternoon or as a sweet breakfast. I like them at any time of the day, the only problem I end up eating far too many.

No needs for a curriculum as a Chef to make a butch of nice biscuits.

Ingredients

300 gr of Flour

150 gr Butter

120 gr sugar

3 eggs yolks

3 tbs of cocoa powder

Put in a large bowl the flour and the sugar and in the middle put the eggs yolks. Add the butter, and mix all together until obtaining a nice and  soft dough. Cut in two halves and add in one the two spoons of cocoa powder; work the dough through until brown.

From the two halves makes 4 different rolls (2 white and 2 black). Wrap them up in cling film and let them rest for 30 mins in the fridge.

 

Cut the big roll in 1cm pieces, put the biscuits in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 15 mins.

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Savoury muffins: a Sunday Brunch

An easy recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. I have always loved muffins, the sweet ones in every possible flavour. This time, however, I wanted to try something different, ideal for a brunch or as a tasty snack: savoury muffins. Below the results.

Ingredients for 10 muffins: 

250g “00” Flour

200ml of Milk

2 Eggs

50g of unsalted butter

100g of ham (if sliced thick it’s better)

100g of cheese at your choice (I used Halloumi, just because I love it..a nice cheddar will do as well!)

50g of grated Parmesan (if possible do not buy the already grated one. Get a small piece and grate it yourself. You will notice the difference in taste!)

1 tbs of salt

1tbs or more (I actually don’t know, I alway try to guess for my recipes)


Instructions:

Use two different bowls: one for the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and add together the cheese, the diced ham and the Parmesan) and the other one for the milk, eggs and melted butter. After mixing the “wet” ingredients, add the ingredients of the two bowls together. Mix the ingredients gently.

Spread some butter in your muffin shaped baking tray and fill for 2/3 every hole. Pre-heat the oven at  180°C and cook for 15/20 minutes (or more if needed).

Savoury muffins: a Sunday Brunch

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March 11, 2012 · 8:13 pm

A sweet treat

A blank page to write on is like an empty fridge when you are hungry and you would like to cook something. It is a bit of a hard mission…
So tonight, after walking around searching for inspiration, I started looking at some old pictures and I found this:
You may be wondering… what the hell is this?? Hopefully it look as good as it tastes. This is a CROSTATA ALLA FRUTTA. As much of my basic culinary knowledge, this as well comes from my grandmother repertory.  She uses to make this in any of the special familiar reunions. Her CROSTATA was a perfect balance between style and taste. I am still working on both aspects.  Cooking is a learning process.
It doesn’t take long to make it and the result is worth a bit of waiting. All you need for the base are the following ingredients:

170 gr. of butter

300/400 gr. Of plain flower

100 gr. Of sugar

3 eggs (2 whole eggs and 1 yolk)

For the cream:

1 yolk

1 big spoon of sugar

1 glass of milk

1 spoon of flower

Vanilla flavour

Lemon juice

How to do it:

Prepare the flower leaving an empty space in the middle where the butter and the sugar will be mixed together before adding the eggs. Once the eggs have been added work the dough until obtain a soft and slightly sticky mass. Leave the dough to rest for half an hour in the fridge.

While the dough is resting in the fridge prepare the cream: mix the yolk and sugar, add the milk and the flower. Add vanilla flavour and lemon and cook at low fire mixing continuously clockwise. Cook until the mixture will become thicker.

 Prepare the base, putting the dough in a container. Cook the base for a 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 180°C. After 10 minutes put the cream on the top of the base and put the crostata back into the oven and cook for 15 mins more.

… for the topping, just choose some juicy and tasty fruit at your choice from your nearest market, and is all done. Easy, isn’t it?

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How to roast vegetables @Home

Just a quick, easy and healthy recipes for the ones loving veggies. Slice up your favourite vegetables. It could be anything you like, really. Potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions are just few of a potential long list. Put in a baking tray. Add some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Give them a nice and gentle steer and wait for the oven to reach the temperature.

Put the tray into the oven and let them cook for 30-40 minutes, giving the veggies a mix from time to time. Enjoy!

Have a look to the results.

Veggies@Home

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March 5, 2012 · 10:51 pm