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Ciambellone Mandorle & Vaniglia (Almonds & Vanilla Ring Cake)…Buon Ferragosto!

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Today in Italy is FERRAGOSTO (from the Latin Feriae Augusti – Augustus’ rest), the most important summer holiday. Businesses and government offices are closed for celebrating the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary (Mother of Jesus). In many cities, towns and villages Ferragosto is celebrated with a PROCESSIONE, a procession of people carrying the statue of Mary and FIREWORKS. The Italians will spend the day out of town, heading to the beach or mountains, setting up picnics or  BBQs.

Let’s celebrate Ferragosto by baking a super soft, nutty Ciambella (the Italian ring cake).

Buon Ferragosto!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

Servings : 12

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 50 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour type 00

3/4 cup potato starch

1 sachet vanilla baking powder (I highly recommend Bertolini brand)

10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1.5 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, separated and room temperature

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

1/2 cup raw almonds

pearl sugar, to garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

Grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan with baking spray or butter and flour.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, the potato starch, the baking powder and set aside.

With a hand or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar.

Add the egg yolks (one at the time), vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Add half of the flour mixture, the milk and mix, then add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until well blended.

Whip the eggs whites at stiff peaks.

Fold gently the whipped egg whites into the cake batter.

Pour into the cake pan.

Sprinkle with pearl sugar and almonds.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in its pan before serving.

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How To Make Brioche Col Tuppo

Follow my step-by-step video recipe and learn how to make another staple of the Italian cuisine : Brioche col Tuppo! The Brioche col Tuppo is a Sicilian sweet bread, oval-shaped and topped with a hemispherical ball (tuppo). The name comes from its shape that resemble a tuppo, the traditional low bun worn by the Sicilian women in the past centuries. This brioche is amazingly soft and fragrant and is traditionally served along with Sicilian granita or gelato.

Enjoy the summer at the fullest!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

Yields : 6 regular brioche or 8 small

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 45 mins + 3 hours leavening

Bake Time : 30 mins.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all-purpose flour

7 gr active dry yeast

1 tsp honey

1/4 cup lukewarm milk

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tbs salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1/4 cup lard

1 egg yolk with milk for the egg wash

powdered sugar to sprinkle

 

DIRECTIONS

Proof the yeast with lukewarm milk and honey.

In a large bowl, place the flour, make a well in the center then add the yeast and combine briefly.

Add the sugar, the salt, the eggs, the vanilla extract and the milk (added little by little) and knead.

Add the lard and knead until all the ingredients are well blended.

Flour a work surface, move the dough over it and knead until an elastic dough forms.

Place the dough onto a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for two hours.

Flour again the work surface, place the dough over it and knead briefly.

Cut 1/4 of dough and reserve it for later.

Cut the remaining dough into six equal pieces then shape into balls and place over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cut the reserved dough into six small pieces then shape into tiny balls and place over the  baking sheet as well.

Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.

Press every big balls in the center with the thumb then place the little balls over the big balls.

Brush each brioche with the egg wash.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams.com

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A Queen In The Kitchen : How To Pronounce Lasagne Alla Bolognese

Let’s cook and speak like an Italian! Listen to A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to pronounce Lasagne alla Bolognese, the authentic Italian lasagna with ragù (meat sauce), besciamella (Béchamel sauce) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (no ricotta or mozzarella).

luhZAHN-yeh alla bo-lo-NYE-se

In Italian lasagna is the singular noun and lasagne is the plural, so this dish is called lasagne, because is made of layers of lasagna sheets egg pasta.

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Buon Appetito!

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Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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How To Pronounce And Make Bruschetta

Do you now to pronounce and prepare Bruschetta??? Watch me and learn how to make both of them.

Bruschetta (pronounced bruˈsketta) is the Italian antipasto (starter) consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and salt. It can also be topped with tomato, basil, cured meats and cheese.

 

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Bruschetta

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Photo by Mirko “Mirakle” Urania – A Queen In The Kitchen

Yield : 4 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 10 min.

Cook Time : 4 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 slices country bread

1 garlic clove

3 small ripe tomatoes, diced

4 fresh basil leaves

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Grill the sliced bread in a cast iron skillet or outdoor grill until browned on both sides (2 minutes per side).

Rub each slice with the garlic clove.

Place some tomato mixture on top of each bread slice.

Serve right away.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Baking Bread : How To Make Panzerotti

 

Panzerotti are savory deep-fried filled pocket of bread originally from Apulia region (Italy). They are similar to pizza and calzone and they taste AMAZING! The most popular filling is made with fresh mozzarella and tomato (crushed or sauce). The name Panzerotto (literally potbellied) comes from the shape of this bread that resembles a swollen belly.
Enjoy every single bite!
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Yields : 6 panzerotti

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 25 min + 2h and 30 min. to rise

Cook Time : 5 min. each

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour type 00

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

3 gr instant dry yeast

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup lukewarm water

1 fresh large mozzarella

4 tbsp crushed tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

1 pinch of salt

olive oil or vegetable oil , for frying

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar.

Add the yeast, extra virgin olive oil, lukewarm water and knead by hand until an elastic dough forms.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Move the dough over a floured working surface, knead briefly then shape into a long log.

Cut into 6 equal pieces, shape into balls, cover again with the towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by slicing a fresh mozzarella into small pieces, place them into a bowl, add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt and mix.

Flat each balls of dough with the palm of your hand, roll out into circles, spoon a tablespoon of filling in the center. Fold the edges, seal with the fingers first then with the help of a fork.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil then drop each panzerotto into the hot oil and fry until the bottom side turns golden brown. Flip the panzerotto and fry the other side until golden brown.

Move over a plate lined with paper towel and enjoy right away!

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker – Photo)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams

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Torta Caprese (Flourless Chocolate Cake)

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Torta Caprese is a traditional Italian cake from the beautiful Island of Capri.
This is a very tasty and special cake because made with almond meal and chocolate, so it could be enjoyed by gluten intolerant people.
The texture is amazingly moist and rich with a delicate twist of Sorrento’s Limoncello.
This cake is also known as one of history’s most fortunate mistakes. In the 1920 an Italian baker was preparing an almond cake for three American gangsters in the Island of Capri, he forgot to put the flour into the dough, but the result was a delicious cake.

Buon Appetito!!!

 

INGREDIENTS

11 oz almond meal
10 oz dark chocolate
7 oz granulated sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
5 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 shot of Limoncello
powdered sugar, for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven at 350 F degrees.
Grease with butter and flour or baking spray a 9 inch cake pan, set aside.
With a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and half of the sugar until creamy.
Add the egg yolks (one at the time) and mix until well incorporated.
Melt the chocolate at Bain Marie or in the microwave, allow to cool then fold it into the butter mixture.
Add the vanilla extract, the Limoncello and then the almond meal.
In a different bowl, whip the egg whites with the remain sugar at stiff peaks.
Fold little by little the whipped white eggs into the mixture.
Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes.                                                Allow the cake cool completely in its pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.