Carnival Castagnole

When I was a child, Carnival was the funniest period of the year. I remember that the excitement for Carnival started already in January when my Mom and my Great-aunt, who was dressmaker, started thinking about which carnival costume to sew for my sister and me. Every year I wore a different costume, and together with my friends I used to go banking on the doors in my town asking for treats. I really enjoyed walking around my town throwing confetti at the people with masks on and smelling the fragrance of Carnival fritters that filled the streets.

Living abroad I can’t celebrate Carnival as much as I did when I was young, but at least I can prepare the traditional treats for my family.

So let’s go for these Carnival Castagnole!

(Francesca)

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Sicilian orange cake – Pan d’arancio

A few days ago we announced that we would prepare a cake with Sicilian oranges. As we like to keep our promises :-), today we will present you this fragrant cake, the Pan d’arancio.

To prepare this traditional Sicilian cake we used Sanguinello blood oranges (a type of blood oranges), which come from Eastern Sicily. This variety has a pulp lightly streaked with red due to the presence of anthocyanins. The flavour is more intense and sweeter than other varieties of oranges.

We recently found Blood oranges at Mercatino delle verdure (Ca’- Cucina, Rebekkavej 49 – Hellerup), which has become our trusted supplier when it comes to high quality and special variety of fruit and vegetables.

If you live in the Copenhagen area then it’s easy for you to go and buy at Mercatino delle verdure. Otherwise, you can use other types of oranges to prepare this cake. The most important thing is to make sure to buy oranges whose provenance is certified and known, as you’ll use the entire orange.

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Baci Perugina

Literally meaning kisses, these pralines are usually a Saint Valentine’s gift, wrapped with a love note. Why not extending this tradition to the New Year’s Eve?  We prepared these sweets, wrapped in greetings and wishes for our friends, at our New Year’s Eve party.

We would like to give symbolically our lovely followers one of these kisses with our best wishes for a bright 2018!

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Hazelnut cake

The best way to avoid the Christmas shopping frenzy is to be at home baking our hazelnuts cake with your children … and do not forget to play nice Christmas songs in the background!

When the cake is out of the oven, bring out all the Christmas decorations you have at home, and let your children adorn the cake as best as they can. Enjoy every single moment with your loved ones!

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El Bicerin – from Turin

Perk up your lazy Monday with El Bicerin (which means small glass in Piedmontese language). This is a drink born in Turin (in Northern Italy) in the 18th century, in the historical cafe’, which no wonder  is still named El Bicerin.

El Bicerin is a heavenly combination of hot chocolate, espresso coffee and cream layered in a small glass. The best way to savour El Bicerin is to not mix the layers. The secret is to sip the drink leaving its components to melt on the palate, with their different taste, density and temperature.

Try it and you’ll get addicted!

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Tenerina cake

The main feature of this chocolate cake is a creamy inside covered by a crunchy outside.

Tenerina is a traditional dessert from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thanks to our dear friend Sergio Rossi for sharing his family recipe of this easy-to-make cake. If you find yourself in Ferrara go to  Pasticceria Cioccolateria Chocolat  (Via Corte Vecchia 55), so you can have a taste of the original Tenerina cake.

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Grandma’s tart – torta della nonna

Today we baked a traditional Tuscan recipe: la torta della nonna. It’s a scrumptious, and at the same time, delicate tart filled with lemon custard, and sprinkled with an abundant handful of pine nuts.

These pictures were taken in collaboration with the photographer Franca Quaglia (http://www.pointandshoot.ch), based in Zurich, who gave us valuable tips to improve our photography skills. Thanks Franca for such an amazing day!

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Child friendly butter cookies

Today we baked these easy-to make- biscuits. They’ve been literally devoured in a blink of an eye; we could barely shoot the photos! So why not sharing the recipe with our followers?

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Ricotta and lemon cake

This lemon ricotta cake is so moist and so delicious, we are sure you are going to love it. It’s perfect for a healthy breakfast or as an after school snack for the children                (like ours :-)) who  already started school!

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Terrano (red wine) granita

Terrano wine is cultivated in two European nations, Italy and Slovenia, but the soil is the same: the Carso. The Carso (Karst) is a plain situated above the Central European city of Trieste (in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of northeastern Italy) and neighboring Slovenia.

Terrano is also known as “Blood of Carso” for its color. This red wine grape is grown on a peculiar bright red soil, beneath which exist thousands of sinkholes.

The combination of a fresh acidity and aromas of forest fruit, make this red wine perfect to prepare a scrumptious and refreshing granita.

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