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Easy Home-made Bread Recipe

There’s something deeply relaxing and somehow holy in making your own bread. In kneading the dough, waiting for it to grow and then baking it. Letting the smell of fresh bread fill your house and then eating it with butter and cheese while it’s hot.

It’s also delicious. And very easy to make.

You’ll need:

  • 1 kilo of flour
  • 2 and a half glasses of warm water
  • 40 g of baker’s yeast
  • 1 spoon of salt
  • 1 spoon of sugar
  • 1 spoon of oil

First, put the flour into a big bowl. Put the salt in and mix. Then make a hole in the center, and put there the sugar, the yeast and the oil.

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Start kneading from the centre outwards, putting the warm water in little by little until you get a sticky and soft dough (and no flour).

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Then put it in a warm place, cover it with a towel, and let it grow for an hour. When it’s doubled it’s mass, knead it a very little bit, make a round (cake like) shape with your hands and put it in a tray with a bit of flour.

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Bake for an hour (check it every ten minutes after the first 35) at high heat.

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You might burn your first bread, but you’ll still love it, I promise 🙂

 

 

Have a Merry Christmas!

Food. We love it, we hate it. It makes us feel happy, in love, guilty or sick. It makes us work better or sleepy. Makes us invent; makes us kill. It doesn’t seem to be so, but food is a tabu subject. How you eat, why, where, with whom; it says so much about you and your beliefs, about your culture and your personality that sometimes we tend to keep it secret.

Okay, maybe not secret, but when we share food, when we cool for someone, we usually do it for the ones we love most. For the ones we trust. For those who believe in us. Eating together is one of the most beautiful things friends do together.

So, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day, that you’ve cooked something, you’re visiting friends who cook or just get together with your friends and family and share the good stuff you’ve done this year and what you’re going to do in the next. And of course, eat well.

Merry Christmas 🙂

How to make confiture (or other fruit syrup)

Of course you can just buy it. But then again why not make it? A fruit syrup is nice for pancakes, crepes and all kinds of cakes and cupcakes. I also put it over the easy pear tart I made the other day. Extra bonus? Makes things shiny!

So, to make confiture, or sirup (you can use the fruit separately for cakes or even salads!), you will need:

The base of the confiture

1 cup of fruit (grated or minced if the fruit is not a berry)
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water

Note: I used quince here, but you can use apples, strawberries, berries, plums – just be imaginative. You can also mix flavors.

A confiture is basically fruit boiled in water and sugar. It’s important to put the fruit in the pan only after the water and sugar start forming a white foam.

You can boil it for a half an hour with the lid on but I encourage you to try it from time to time. To do this you take half a teaspoon of the boiling syrup and you put it on a plate with cold water. it will cool and you can then touch it – that’s the consistency of your syrup when it cools down. If it’s too thick, add a bit of water, if it’s too thin, let it boil a few minutes more.

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When it’s almost done you can add flavors and condiments, try vanilla, lemon and orange peel, pepper.
Enjoy your home-made syrup aka fruit confiture!

How to make roasted pumpkin seeds

This quick recipe tells you how to quickly roast pumpkin seeds in a pan, without using frying oil.

The other day I made pumpkin pie. I forgot to take photos, sorry but I’ll post the recipe as soon as I make it again. It was delicious.

Anyway, the thing I got excited about was using the pumpkin seeds that came with the pumpkin 🙂

I remembered my cousin used to dry them in the sun and then we’d eat them like that or roasted in the oven. These pumpkin seeds were a lot smaller though and I had the pie in the oven so I couldn’t use it.

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So what I did was wash them in a sieve and clean the orange pulp, then mix them with salt (lots of salt), and then put them wet in a frying pan without any oil.

You keep stirring all the time, the water will dry. Taste one from time to time until you’re happy with the taste. You can eat them as they are or in a salad. Tasty!

 

Easy Pear Tart Recipe

 

You’ll need:

2 and a half cups of flour
200g butter
1/3 cup of sugar
1 spoon milk

3 little pears

Mix the cold butter, the flour, milk and sugar until you get a homogeneous dough. Arrange in a tart form and put it in a fridge while you’re taking care of the pears.

Now cut the pears in semi-circles. If you want you can caramelize them in a pan for a few seconds. If you’d like you pie to taste fresh, leave them as they are.

Take the tart form out of the fridge and arrange the pears on top. Bake at 185 C/ 356 F for 30-34 minutes.

I made a confection out of sugar and quince and spread the syrup on top, but that’s optional. You can ornate with sweet cream.

Enjoy!

Bergamo’s Sweet and Salty

Bergamo is a small town close to Milano, Italy. It’s green, it’s warm, the people are jolly and the food is delicious.

I’m going to keep it short this time: if you’re going to Bergamo, go hungry. You’ll be happy you were. The city is full of little shops that sell homemade chocolate, marzipan, candy, all kind of pastry and… pizza… lots of pizza.

For breakfast try the croissants with yogurt and jam. Delicious!

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For brunch try something new, like this polenta cake-like thingy

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or a piece of almond chocolate

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or one of the many and delicious chocolate chip breads.

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Since you’re not very hungry yet, it’s safe to look at the hand-made pastapasta

or admire the marzipan fruit.

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You will not resist to a cannoli with cream. I didn’t 🙂 You shouldn’t either.

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By lunch, have a piece of pizza of two in one of the pizza shops in the centre. It’s delicious. From the classical Pizza Margherita to pizza with mozzarella and walnuts, with capers and grana padano, with salami or anchovies – all of them are delicious.

It’s also the first time we were served pizza with a piece of bread as a side dish!

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To end the day have a macchiato in one of the very many cafes in the town. And relax.

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Speedy Cherry Cake Recipe

I wanted to make a fresh cherry cake the other day and I started looking for recipes, hoping I would find something new and interesting. It’s not that I wasn’t happy with what I found, but they all seemed a bit too complicated. And I wanted something speedy and tasty. This was ready in 30 minutes and I previously let the cherries bathe in sugar for an hour or so. I kept the juice and made a sirup.

What I did was just to adapt my super easy fruit cake recipe. I also used integral flour.

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • half a cup of sugar
  • half a cup of melted butter (just microwave it for 40 seconds in a cup)
  • one cup and a half integral flour
  • the lemon peel from a lemon
  • a handful of fresh cherries
  • a teaspoon of baking powder

How to make the cake:

  1. Turn on the oven. Put it at 185 C or 365 F
  2. Mix the eggs with the sugar until creamy. Add the butter. Continue to mix until creamy again.
  3. Add lemon peel and continue to mix.
  4. Mix the baking powder in the flour and start adding flour little by little careful not to form lumps.
  5. Use what’s left on the cup where you melted the butter to grease a cake pan. I use a brush, it’s perfect for this. Add a bit of flour and start pretending you have a hoola hoop over your hips, while holding the pan. The result should be a flour covered pan : )
  6. Pour the dough in the pan – it should be thin, but not milky.
  7. Start decorating with cherries.
  8. Put into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. When baked and still hot add the cherry sirup on top.
  10. Bon appetite! (Psst: Eat it with vanilla ice-cream, it’s beautiful!)

Easy Sunday Cooking: My Mom’s Plum Cake Recipe

This cake is so easy you wont’ believe it. It takes a bit more than half an hour from taking the bowl in which you’re going to mix the ingredients to taking the cake out from the oven. It looks nice and it tastes like heaven ; )

I made it with plums, but you can use other fruit: apricots, peaches, grapes, apple. Be creative. Here’s my recipe:

How to make the plum cake:

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • half a cup of white sugar
  • half a cup of oil
  • one cup and a half flour
  • one teaspoon baking soda
  • 4-5 plums

Psst! You can do this recipe with a mixer, but my suggestion is to use a wooden spoon. It’s just more fun. Don’t trust me – try it.

  1. Cut the plums in one finger thick slices.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 185 C/ 360 F
  3. Beat the eggs with the sugar. Add the oil and mix some more. Sing a silly tune.
  4. Mix the baking soda in the flour.
  5. Start snowing the flour on top of the egg/sugar/oil mix. Mix some more. Continue adding flour until you get a creamy shiny texture.
  6. Put the soft dough in a tray, over a layer of cooking paper.
  7. Arrange the sliced plums on top of the dough.
  8. Bake for 25 min.

It’s ok if you share it with people you love. Also ok if you bake one for your new neighbor. Have a happy new week 🙂

Later Edit: Lovely OzzieFoodie (check out her cooking blog, it’s super interesting!) commented that after 25 minutes her cake was still uncooked in the middle. This can vary, depending on your oven and the baking mould you are using (more exactly how thick it is).

One thing I do to see if the cake is ready is to stick a spaghetti in the middle of the cake. If it comes out with dough – you should continue baking; if it’s dry, it’s done.

Another important thing is to put the cake in the well heated oven.