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Torta Della Nonna…Happy Thanksgiving!

Torta della Nonna (Grandma’s Tart), the typical tart from Tuscany filled with custard cream and topped with pine nuts, will be on our table tomorrow to celebrate family, friends and everything we should be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from #aqueeninthekitchen 🙏

Tiramisù Truffles

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Tiramisù truffles are an eggless version of the authentic Italian Tiramisù, very simple to make and great for any occasion. Recently I made these mouthwatering truffles during the TV show Taste of Sunrise hosted by Mary Winners on CCN Sunrise and it was a HIT!

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When it comes to Tiramisù, remember to use only SAVOIARDI (Italian crispy ladyfingers) and the best quality ingredients. I personally used Di Stefano cheese mascarpone and it worked beautifully.

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You’ll be amazed by their incredible velvety texture. These tiramisu truffles will completely melt in your mouth.

 

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Photo Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

16 savoiardi (Italian ladyfingers)

tablespoons powdered sugar

8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature

1 shot espresso coffee

cocoa powder, to dust

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor, pulverize the savoiardi. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar. Blend in the espresso then add the savoiardi and mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls then roll them into cocoa powder.

Store tiramisu truffles in an airtight container in the fridge.

Remove from fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Torta Pasqualina

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” Natale con i tuoi. Pasqua con chi vuoi.”

“Christmas with family. Easter with whoever you want to be with.”

Italian saying

Torta Pasqualina is an Italian savory pie filled with chard or spinach, eggs and ricotta. This is one of Liguria’s iconic dishes but is prepared throughout the country during the Easter celebrations. The original Pasqualina pie calls for 33 layers of thin dough to represent the 33 years of Jesus. This savory pie is traditionally enjoyed on Paquetta, the Monday after Easter Sunday, when Italians like to go on a picnic.

Follow my step-by-step recipe and learn how to prepare this simple and delicious Easter pie. Enjoy the Pasqualina slightly warmed up or at room temperature.

Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter!

 

Yields : 8 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 30 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 lb spinach, cooked and chopped

1 egg

10 oz ricotta cheese

½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano

salt and pepper, to taste

2 puff pastry frozen sheets, thawed

3 eggs

1 egg yolk, to brush

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

In a large skillet, sauté the garlic clove with butter until golden, then add the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes. Allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, the spinach and 1 egg until well blended. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper if necessary.

Line a 9 inch pie pan with parchment paper.

Roll the thawed puff pastry on a slightly floured work surface then move the puff pastry into the pie pan, trim the excess of puff pastry from the edges with a knife, pinch the pastry with a fork.

Spread evenly the filling into the puff pastry.

With the back of a dinner spoon, make 3 marks into the filling then fill the marks with the eggs.

Lay over the other puff pastry sheet, pinch the edges to seal the pie.

Brush the puff pastry with one beaten egg yolk.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool a bit in its pan before serving.

Gnocchi & Gnocchetti Cooking Class

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2018 is the year of the Italian Food! Join me for another fun and delicious cooking class at the  Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to make different types of Italian GNOCCHI using the finest Italian ingredients (Caputo Flour, Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi).

MENU:

Gnocchi di patate – Classic Italian dumplings

Spaetzle del Sud Tirolo – South Tyrolean dumplings

Gnudi Toscani – Tuscan dumplings

in traditional Italian sauces

 

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
To register:
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it  

 

Chiacchiere (Carnival Fried Pastries)

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“A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (Anything goes at Carnival time).

Carnevale (Italian Carnival or Mardi Gras) is celebrated 40 days before Easter and is the last chance to party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent. In Italy we celebrates Carnevale with masquerade balls, goliardic parties and parades showcasing gigantic floats. Children, dressed up in costumes, throw coriandoli (confetti) and stelle filanti (party streamers) at each other and blow party horns and blowouts. The traditional Carnival treats are chiacchiere (fried pastries) and tortelli (fritters). Chiacchiere are sweet crisp pastries, deep-fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and are known by different names depending on the regions in which they are prepared :

Lombardy : chiacchiere

Bologna : sfrappole

Tuscany : cenci

Rome : frappe

Tentino Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia : crostoli 

Liguria & Piedmont : bugie

Sardinia : meraviglias

No matter how we call them, Chiacchiere are simply delicious.

Buon Carnevale!!!

…another recipe homemade, simple and delicious included in my cookbook “A Queen In the Kitchen“.

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Available on:

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Amazon.com (US)CA, Amazon Europe: (ITFRESDE) and UK.

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Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen IN The Kitchen

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 30 min. + 30 min. to rest

Cook Time : 2 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

1 shot of Grappa

vegetable oil for frying

powdered sugar, to dust

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl place the flour, make a well then add sugar, butter, eggs, salt and Grappa.

Kneed by hand until the dough becomes soft and pliable. (You can also knead with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook).

Cover with plastic paper an allow to rest for 30 minutes in a cool place.

Divide the dough in 4 equal parts.

With a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick.

Cut the dough with a pastry wheel or serrated knife into rectangles 2×4 inch , make 1 or 2 incisions in the middle of each rectangle.

In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot then fry the chiacchiere in small batches until both sides are golden brown.

Drain with a slotted spoon and place the chiacchiere over a serving plate covered with paper towel.

Dust with abundant powdered sugar while warm.

Fabbri 1905 Giveaway + Millefoglie Amarena Cream And Chocolate Sauce

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I’m thrilled to announce this Holiday Season giveaway, courtesy of Fabbri USA.

Fabbri 1905 is a family-owned company that was founded over a hundred years ago in Bologna (Italy). Today Fabbri 1905 is run by the fourth generation of the Fabbri family and prides itself of the best ingredients for pastries, gelato, semi-finished goods for the food and beverage industry. Fabbri’s world famous Amarena Fabbri is the sour cherry in syrup, known for turning your baked goods and desserts into masterpieces.

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I’ll be giving away a delicious Fabbri 1905 Gift Box containing :

  • 1 Fabbri Amarena Opaline Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Strawberry Opaline Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Amarena USA Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Baba in Rhum Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Amaretto Syrup Bottle (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Caramello Syrup Bottle (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Elderflower Syrup
  • 1 Fabbri Hazelnut Syrup (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Vanilla Syrup (for coffee and desserts)

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RULES TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway simply:

FOLLOW us on Instagram : @alegambinidt @fabbriusa

LIKE  us on Facebook : aqueeninthekitchen fabbri1905usa

Let me know which is your favorite Festive Holiday Dessert in the comment below.

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 8, 2017.

Winner will be notified via email.

Prize will be shipped only in the United States (Alaska and Hawaii not included).

You must be 21 years old to qualify for this prize.

Giveaway courtesy of Fabbri USA

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

1 puff pastry sheet, thawed

1.5 cups whole milk

6 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons Amarena Fabbri syrup

10 Amarena Fabbri, chopped

powdered sugar, to dust

Fabbri Top Chocolate sauce, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, warm the milk until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour and mix. Pour over 4 tablespoons of warm milk and whisk until well combined.

Pour the sugar mixture into the saucepan containing the remaining warm milk an whisk until well blended. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook at low heat, stirring constanly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken. Move the cream into a bowl and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, blend in the Amarena syrup. Place it in the fridge to chill.

Prepare the pastry by dividing the puff pastry sheet into 3 equal pieces. Prick all over the surface with a fork then bake in a preheated oven at 400ºF until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Layer the puff pastry with the Amarena cream and chopped Amarena between each sheet.

Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with Fabbri Top Chocolate sauce.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles…Happy Thanksgiving!

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Since I moved to the United States, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite Holiday because I love the idea to take a moment to say thank you and to count my blessings. Today I want to say thank you to you all by sharing my uber-delicious chocolate pumpkin truffles recipe. I made these truffles with Pan Di Stelle, the chocolate and hazelnut Italian cookies topped with iced sugar stars. You can easily find them on Amazon or at any Italian markets. You can definitely substitute the canned pumpkin puree for fresh pureed pumpkin with the ratio 1:1. I used ground cinnamon but you can use pumpkin spice blend instead.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from A Queen In The Kitchen!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

 

INGREDIENTS

40 Pan Di Stelle cookies

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

unsweetened cocoa powder, to coat

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

 

DIRECTIONS

Pulverize the cookies in a blender or place them in a sturdy plastic bag and roll into fine crumbs.

In a medium bowl, place pulverized cookies, cream cheese, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Shape into 1-inch balls and place them over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Roll them in cocoa powder or dip them in melted chocolate chips.

Keep refrigerated until serving.