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Tozzetti – Classic almond biscuits (-4 weeks)

Recipe 11: This is not one of my mum recipe but is one of her bestfriend’s recipe and I can tell you I tried this biscuit before and they are really good! I tozzetti are a classic of the italian tradition! I’m sure you saw them around and here is the very old recipe she follow to make them! They were a little Christmas present I gave to my friends!

Here the ingredients for a good quantity (but maybe it’s better to start with half of it): 3 eggs, 600gr flour, 300gr sugar, 50gr of butter, half skin of an egg full of oil, half a glass of white wine, a spoon of baking powder, some icing sugar, 200gr of skinless almonds in pieces or whole(I prefer because it’s more traditional).

The process is very easy; just mix the sugar, flour, eggs, the butter all together. Then add the wine, the oil and the baking powder trying to create a ball. You will need to mix a bit and try to make everything stick together until you are able to create the mass. Now add the almonds and try to create a homogeneous mass again.

When ready place some baking paper on a baking pan and create long bars! In this way when you will cut them in slices they will have the classic “smiley effect”.

Place them in the oven at 160 degree. They need to cook a bit and then you need to turn it, otherwise they will be ready just in one said. Check from time to time the base and when quite cooked (15-20 minutes), cut them in pieces and let them finish to cook (5 minutes).
When ready, serve it with some icing sugar on top!

Ps. Considerato che li ho fatti preparando il cenone di Natale, con la supervisione di mia mamma, dico anche che ho scordato il lievito e lo zucchero a velo prima di impacchettarli. Questo ha creato dei biscotti un po’ duretti! Spero che tutti gli amici a cui li ho dati abbiano ancora i denti.

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Torta di carote – Carrots cake

Recipe 74: A little treat for the weekend, easy, quick and nice for any occasion. I was just thinking in the summer holidays when i remembered this classic cake they cook in the mountains where i always go with my parents in august. Every year i can’t just wait for that little paradise in the Alps and i couldn’t resist to have a piece of that delicious cake…so i made it by myself!

Ingredients: 4 carrots not too big, 3 eggs, 130 gr of sugar, 150 gr of flour, 1 spoon of baking powder, 100 gr of butter, 60 gr of grated almonds, a pinch of salt and a bit of icing sugar.

For this recipe i have used for the first time the new kitchen tool, gently donated from Jenny, a friend of mine who is leaving London and though i could have done a good use of this AMAZING machine. In fact I love it already!

However let’s start with the cake: put the yolks egg in a bowl with the sugar and mix them with energy until creamy. Don’t throw away the white because you will need them later. In the meantime melt the butter in a little pan and add it to the eggs and sugar.

At this point you can add the flour and the baking powder, but little by little and mixing in the meantime to avoid any clot. Cut the carrots with a machine or grate them finely and to take out some water, place them in some blotting paper before to add it to the rest.

In the meantime , in a nother bowl, whip -up the white of the eggs that you previously left in a side. To make it easier put a bit of salt in them. This should help them to become spongy quicker.

After you mix the carrots and the grated almond with the rest, add also the white eggs whipped up and mix everything gently going with the spoon from the bottom to the top.

Prepare a baking pan with some butter and flour or just cover it with some baking paper and pour the mix in there.

Put it in an oven already hot, at 170 degree for around 40/45 minutes. To see if it’s ready, place a tooth pick in the cake and if it comes out dry, you can serve your cake! Hot is the best but remember to add a bit of ice sugar on the top!

Enjoy!

PS: Mamy se ti dico torta di carote che ti viene in mente??? a me solo CAMPIGLIO e non vedo l’ora di venire! mi manca cosi’ tanto e una bella fetta di torta alle carote non me la toglie nessuno! Insomma l’altro giorno non facevo che pensare a quest’estate ed alla fine non ho potuto resistere ed ecco cosa ho creato! che te ne pare? Beh l’ho fatta piccola e m’e cresciuta meno del solito, ma il sapore era buonissimo.

Chocolate Salami…recicling Easter eggs

Recipe 84: I was thinking what i was going to do with the Easter chocolate egg we still have at home and then the idea… of course the chocolate salami or Salame al cioccolato. This was a must when i was little. I used to love it so much and this was the better excuse to cook it again.

Ingredients: 200gr chocolate (better if dark but in this case i just used the one for the Easter egg), 100 gr sugar, 100gr butter, 2 eggs, some almond in pieces if you like them and 300gr biscuits.

This is a very quick recipe too because you don’t need to cook anything. Take your Easter chocolate egg or any chocolate and cut it in pieces and place them in a saucepan. Put another bigger saucepan on the fire with some boiling water and place the little saucepan in it. In this way the chocolate will melt without burn or being in direct contact with the fire.

While the chocolate is melting you can crumble the biscuits and put them in a recipient.

In another bowl put the butter, the sugar and the 2 eggs and mix it all until the butter get very soft. Then you can add the chocolate and mix again until all the ingredients are nicely blended.

At this point you can add the crumbled biscuits, the almond in pieces if you like them and i have also added some chocolate sprinkle to give more color. Unfortunately the chocolate egg was made with a very milky chocolate and the color is not as dark as was supposed to be.

Put all the mix on a big aluminum paper and close it giving the shape of a salami. Put in the fridge for at least half an hour and then serve it in slices.

Enjoy!

PS. Mamy hai visto di cosa mi sono ricordata? il mitico salame di cioccolata… che a dire la verita’ sembra piu’ una mortadella visto il colore, ma che comunque mi ricorda un sacco quelli che facevamo quando ero piccola. Ho usato l’uovo di Pasqua che c’era avanzato, ma era di queste cioccolate molto al latte, percio’ spero solo non sia troppo dolce.

Chocolate birthday cakes

Recipe 99: Another birthday, another cake!!! this is my best excuse and the chocolate cake of my mum it’s one of my favourite recipe…unfortunately i didn’t have the right tools and i decided to change something so the result wasn’t exactly what i was expecting. By the way i will give to you the right recipe!

Ingredients (i normally do 1 big cake but this time i did 12 little cakes with the muffins tray): 190gr butter, 110 gr grated of almond,190gr of sugar,190 gr of grated chocolate,100gr of flour, 6 eggs.

Cut the butter in little pieces and melt them a bit then mix it with 90 gr of sugar and 6 egg yolks, adding one at the time.  Mix everything with the almond.

To make the cake a bit more consistent i used half of the quantity of grated almond and half of chopped ones. Then add the rest of the sugar and the chocolate.

This was my mistake: because i didn’t have anything to grate the dark chocolate bars i used chocolate powder but NEVER put the same quantity! Don’t put more than 100gr and if you see the mix gets to thick, add a bit of milk. However it’s better if you can use grated one.

At this point beat the eggs white until stiff and dry and add it to the mix slowly. Then add the flour too, little by little and keep on mixing.

Finally put some butter on the tray and a bit of flour to avoid the mix to stick to it!

Put the tray or baking pan in the oven at 175 degree for half an hour and then turn off the oven and leave the cake there for other 20 minutes. Normally to see if everything is cooked i try to insert a toothpick in it. If it comes out dry, the cake is ready!Serve it with some nice candles for a birthday or just with icesugar and whip cream!

Enjoy!

PS. Mamy nonostante l’apparenza, purtroppo le tortine sono uscite un po’ come dei massi e tutto per colpa del dannato cioccolato da grattuggiare! L’anno scorso mi ricordo mi sono ammazzatta per grattuggiarlo tutto e quest’anno ho avuto l’idea di usare il cioccolato in polvere! Non lo avessi mai fatto: ho aggiunto purtroppo la stessa quantita’ di cioccolato e non risucivo piu’ a girare la massa! che catastrofe senza attrezzi! Cmq alla fine tra il latte che ho aggiunto e la panna diciamo che erano mangiabili, ma la rifaro’ sicuramente perche’ la tua era troppo buona!!!!