Saturday, February 23, 2019

Biscotti Anise

Okay these cookies are quite possibly the most delicious, moist, pillows of sweet goodness you'll ever eat. Seriously, one bite and you're hooked... so take a glass, fill it with milk and without a doubt you'll be eating more than you even thought possible. 

Whenever there is a lack of sweets in the house, (we are a sweets family, so it is a problem at times) my Mamma will whip out a few simple ingredients and begin to make these heavenly cookies. The aroma of anise will soon dance it's ways into the halls of our home, inviting you to come and indulge in one... or ten. 

These cookies are so simple to make, and with just a few ingredients that are likely in your cabinet... you too will be pouring yourself na bella tazza di caffè. Buon Appetito!

(for the dough)
  6 eggs
4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 oz. Anise Extract 
8 oz. Mazola Oil 
1 juice from squeezed orange
(for the glaze)

2 cups confectioners' sugar 
3 tbsp hot water
1 tsp anise extract
sprinkles for decoration
let's make it 

Preheat the oven to 375

2. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, and sugar. 

3. Add the flour, spoonfuls at a time, then the baking powder, salt, anise extract, and juice from the orange. 

4. Add additional flour as needed until you can roll out the dough into thick, long loaves. 

5. Once you have kneaded the dough into loaves, place them onto a baking sheet and bake at 375° for 15 minutes. The cookie should still be white, make sure you don't leave the cookies in for too long past 15 minutes, because the bottom will begin to burn. 

6. Once the cookies have cooled, whisk together the 2 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons of hot water, and 1 teaspoon anise extract. 

7. Spoon the glaze over the cookie loaves, and then sprinkle on the sprinkles. 

8. Cut the loaves at a slanted angle. Let the glaze harden before serving.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Classic Tiramisu

The ultimate Italian dessert, in my opinion is the Tiramisu. It is a classicwith  simple ingredients, and sure to be a hit at every gathering, especially for coffee lovers. 

"Tiramisu" litreally means "pick me up", and I can only guess that when you spoon into a soft, creamy, and coffee soaked sponge of a piece.... you will be picked up by all of its coffee and sugary goodness. 

This recipe is very simple, and is the way my mamma has always made it, and everyone always loves it whenever it makes an appearance. Buon Appetito! 

  4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
16 oz mascarpone 
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
lady fingers (around 35)
dark chocolate (for shaving on top)
2-3 cups brewed espresso

let's make it 

1. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with sugar. I also choose to place the bowl in a pot of hot water, so it takes away the bacteria in the raw eggs. 

2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. 

3. Combine both the egg whites and egg yolks with sugar together.

4. Add the mascarpone cheese to the egg mixture, and beat until smooth. Add the heavy cream, rum, and vanilla extract. 

5. Make the espresso coffee, and then place it in a low, flat pan. 

6. Dip the lady finger cookies in the espresso and begin to place them side my side in a baking dish. Once one layer of cookies is filled, pour the mascarpone cream over it. Continue until you have around 3 layers of cookies and cream in between.

7. Shave dark chocolate on the last layer. Freeze for about 2 hours before serving.     

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Torta Caprese

Proverbio Italiano of the day
"Meglio da solo, che male accompagnato." 
Meaning: Better alone, than with bad company. Growing up my mom would always tell us this when choosing friends. 

When the holidays come around, one of my favorite things to do is cook and bake new recipes. This particular dessert seemed too delicious to pass up, and so I looked up various recipes and then made it my own. 

It's moist, fudgy, and pretty with the crackles on the top layer. It also is gluten-free since the ground up almonds is used as a substitute for flour. 

You might have to make more than one... mine was finished in one night! ;) Buon Appetito!

  12 on unblanched whole almonds
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
2 sticks unsalted butter
6 large eggs
confectioner's sugar for sprinkling
2 tbsp rum (optional)

let's make it 

1. Preheat oven to 325

2. Butter a cake pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. 

3. Place the chocolate chips and butter in a bowl and melt in a microwave. You can also place them onto a pan on the stove and melt that way.  

4. In grinder or food processor, place the almonds and grind them up until the consistency is like flour. Set aside.

5. In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks. Gradually beat in 10 tbsp of sugar. Add the chocolate and butter mixture, and mix well. 

6. Add the ground up almonds into the mixture. Finally, add the rum and mix well. 

7. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar until firm peaks are formed. Fold the egg whites into the almond mixture and mix well. 

8. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 55 minutes. It will begin to form cracks on the top. You can stick a toothpick in the center to check if it is baked on the inside. When the toothpick is dry and not sticky, the cake is done.  

9. Once the cake is cooled, sprinkle on confectioner's sugar.