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Dark Chocolate Strawberry Italian Cheesecake…Merry Christmas And Happy 2019!

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Christmas is coming and so the new year. I want to dedicate this scrumptious dessert to those who have supported my culinary adventures during the 2018! This cake is for you, for all of your support and passion for the authentic Italian food.

I’ve realized this dark chocolate strawberry Italian cheesecake by using some of my favorite products: flour type 00 Mulino Caputo, ricotta and mascarpone Di Stefano Cheese and strawberries in syrup Fabbri.

A huge thanks to:

Bertozzi America

Camp’oro Pasta

Colavita

Di Stefano Cheese

Fabbri 1905

Mulino Caputo

Mutti Pomodoro

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from A Queen In The Kitchen!!!

Photo Credits: Ale Gambini-A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry shell:

2 cups flour type 00

1 cup + 3 tbsp powdered sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla baking powder

one pinch of salt

For the filling:

7 oz ricotta cheese

16 oz mascarpone cheese

6 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

strawberries (I’ve used jarred strawberries in syrup)

Rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and powdered sugar to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Prepare the shell by working all the ingredients by hand until a soft dough form.

Grease a 9 inch springform cake pan.

Roll the dough between two layers of parchment paper then carefully place the dough into the pan, covering bottom and sides. Pinch with a fork the dough. Place it in the fridge.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by mixing ricotta and mascarpone until blended. Add the sugar and continue to mix. Add vanilla extract and the egg. Mix thoroughly until a silky cream form.

Remove the cake pan from the fridge, spread half of the cream over the bottom of the pastry shell. Garnish with strawberries and chocolate chunks. Cover with the remaining cream and sprinkle with more chocolate chunks.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F degrees for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool and set in its pan on a wire rack.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and dust with powdered sugar.

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.

How To Make Frittelle Di Zucca (Pumpkin Fritters)

Follow this episode of my cooking web series Baking Bread Plus and learn how to prepare a delicious and healthy dessert : Frittelle di Zucca (Pumpkin Fritters).

Did you know that pumpkin flesh is full of Vitamin A, the vitamin that promote sight, heart and lungs? In Italy, pumpkin is the symbol of the city of Mantua (Lombardy region) and the main ingredient  for preparing traditional Mantuan dishes such as pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin gnocchi.

Welcome Fall!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 pinch of salt

7gr active dry yeast

1/4 cup lukewarm water

2 cups pumpkin puree

5.3 ounces (1 container) plain greek yogurt

1 orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup whole milk

canola oil, for frying

1 cup granulated sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder blended together, for dusting

 

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing bowl combine together flour and salt.

Make a well in the center then add the yeast previously proofed with 1/4 cup of lukewarm. Blend briefly.

Add pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, orange juice, lemon and orange zest, one egg, one egg yolk, sugar. Mix together slowly incorporating the milk.

Mix thoroughly until very smooth.

Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

In a large fraying pan, pour abundant canola oil and heat until it reaches the right temperature for frying.

Dip a stainless steel teaspoon into a glass of cold water than spoon a teaspoon of batter and drop it into the frying pan.

Repeat until all the batter is gone. (Remember to NOT overcrowd the pan while frying).

Let the fritters float into the oil until puff and golden.

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

Enjoy warm, copiously dusted with sugar and cinnamon mixture.

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

Cooking DOP & IGP Cooking Class

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On the occasion of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, I will host a cooking class focused on Italian DOP and IGP denominations.

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Join me for an extraordinary cooking class, Saturday, November 04, 2017 at the IIC Los Angeles

Menu’ :

Cialda di Parmigiano con Spuma di Mortadella
Medaglioni di Polenta Concia
Lasagne Zucca Speck Taleggio
Ciambellone Evoo e Limone

To register call – (310) 824-7408

 

 

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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Buon Appetito!

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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

Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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.