Together with Panettone, the Pandoro is the traditional Italian Christmas cake. Making it is very complicated and requires two days' work. I loosely adapted this recipe Mix 15 grams of fresh yeast with 60 ml warm milk, add a tablespoon of sugar and an egg yolk. Then add 50 grams of flour and mix well.
When the mixture has doubled, add 3 grams of yeast dissolved in 3 tbs of warm milk, add 100 g sugar, 1 egg, e mix well with 200 grams of flour. Add 30grams soft butter. Mix again and let rise for one hour.
Add 200 grams flour, the eggs, 25 grams sugar, salt, vanilla and mix well. Let it rise for about 12 hours in the refrigerator.
Take it out of the refrigerator, roll it out and add 140 grams of soft butter. Fold it and roll it into a rectangle. Fold the rectangle in three and let it rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure two more time.
After the third time in the refrigerator, form a ball and put it in the Pandoro mould. Let it rise for about 4/5 hours. Heat the oven to 170°C, put the cake in the oven for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 160° C and let it cook for about 50 minutes. Take it out of the oven, when it has cooled, sprinkle powder sugar over the cake.
By now you probably know that I am super in love with FIRMOO. In 2013 I wrote a review of their gorgeous glasses and I also did a giveaway in October of this year. Firmoo is the most popular online eyeglass store. They have fabulous eyeglasses and sunglasses and the prices are attractive and competitive. When you visit their website you will be amazed by the huge amount of choices you will find. Here are my latest glasses. They are so classy and elegant, look how they sparkle! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Le mie amiche Italiane conoscono già FIRMOO, il grande negozio online di occhiali quindi dirò soltanto che questo è il mio nuovo paio. Questi occhiali mi piacciono tantissimo, sono di ottima qualità a prezzi economici, e arrivano velocemente. Firmoo spedisce in ogni parte del mondo.
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The classic Italian Christmas cake is the Panettone. It is not so easy to make at home, but with a bit of patience and determination, I finally managed to create a Panettone that can compete with the standard Motta or Alemagna sold in shops at Christmas time. I got the recipe from Ricette della Nonna and I will now share with you the whole procedure.
Mix 10 grams of yeast, 75 grams of flour and a little warm milk into a ball and let it rise for 30 minutes.
When it has risen, add 250 g. flour, 2 eggs, 2 grams of yeast. Mix well, then add 100 grams of sugar. Mix again, then add 60 g. of soft butter.
After about 2-3 hours it should look like this
Now put it in the mixer and add 2 whole eggs, and 3 egg yolks, together with about 250 grams of flour. Mix well, then add 100 grams of sugar, mix again then add 100 grams of butter. Finally add 150 grams of raisins and about 100 grams candied peel, a teaspoon of grated lemon rind and a pinch of vanilla. Let it rise for 2 or 3 more hours.
It should then look like this.
Now place it in the paper container and let it rise again for 2 or 3 hours.
When it has risen well, bake it at 200° C for 5 minutes, make a cross on top, add a tablespoon of butter and cook for 10 more minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180°C and cook for 45 minutes.
A classic Italian breakfast....cappuccino and panettone!
Wouldn't you love to have freshly ground spice kits delivered directly to your front door? This is exactly what you will get with RawSpiceBar. Every month they will send you 3 freshly ground flavor kits with a regional theme, together with recipes and spice stories. The kits include different spices every month i.e. Japanese, Jamaican, Punjabi, Malaysian etc. November was the month for Ethiopian spices, and that's what I got. Three packets...berbere, Ethiopian Mitmita, and Pumpkin Pie Spice. One more fragrant than the other. Here is a recipe I received along with the spices. I followed the instructions with one variation...instead of beef I used chicken. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chi non vorrebbe ricevere ogni mese direttamente a casa delle spezie da ogni parte del mondo? Potete averli con RawSpiceBar. Ogni mese vi manderanno tre bustine di spezie appena macinate, con ricette e storie delle spezie. Se vi piace la cucina speziata, RawSpiceBar fa per voi, ed è sempre una sorpresa perchè le spezie variano mensilmente.
Ecco una ricetta che mi hanno inviato con le mie spezie. Il mio pacco era di novembre, il mese delle spezie dell'Etiopia: Berbere, Mitmita and le spezie per la torta di zucca. Ho fatto solo una variazione, invece di manzo ho usato il pollo.
You need: chicken, garlic, onion, tomato sauce, salt, sugar, water and the spices.
Fry the onion and garlic.
Add the berbere and mitmika spices and sugar.
Add tomatoes and chicken.
When the chicken is cooked, shred it and put it back in the pan. Cook for about 15 minutes and serve.
DEGUSTABOX is an Italian monthly subscription box. Every month you will be surprised with 9 to 14 products, many of which are new in the market. You will find an exciting selection of food products by known brands at prices much lower than the ones you would pay in the shops.
I received my box last week, it's the November box and here below are pictures of all the goodies that were inside the box.
Con DEGUSTABOX ogni mese riceverete da 9 a 14 prodotti sorpresa, molti dei quali sono nuovi sul mercato. Tutto per molto meno di quanto paghereste al supermercato.
La settimana scorsa ho ricevuto la mia Degustabox, quella di Novembre, ed ecco qui le prelibatezze che ho trovato quando l'ho aperta.
Notice the size of the box...it's almost bigger than I:)
Da notare la misura della box...è quasi più grande di me:)
A box full of delights! Quante delizie!
Here is the list of the products contained in my November box.
Ecco la lista dei prodotti nella mia scatola di novembre.
Delicious CAPRICE by Papadopoulos, wafer rolls with hazelnuts and chocolate cream. UNICO a natural tonic, a very healthy fruit drink. LUNA DI MIELE wildflower honey, in a very practical container. Polenghi LEMONDOR, the best lemon juice, enriched with essential oil.
DUE TIGLI SANGIOVESE - MERLOT wine
DUE TIGLI PINOT BIANCO (white wine) - CHARDONNAY
KNORR meat broth, without monosodium glutammate
Do I need to say anything? My very favorite chocolates... LINDT LINDOR
KETTLE CHIPS...if you looked at the box, you will notice that the white bag is missing. It was stolen and eaten by my daughter before I had a chance to take its picture. Se guardate nella scatola, noterete che la busta bianca di questi chips qui non c'è. E' stata rubata e mangiata da mia figlia prima che io potessi scattare la foto.
PASQUIER MILK ROLLS, similar to the French brioche. LIGUORI spaghetti.
BJORG Rice Drink: sugar-free and lactose free. BJORG Soya Drink: low in fat and high in calcium, full of vegetable protein and fiber.
Last but not least, MUSETTI Mio Espresso. Come to think of it, I will now go and make myself a cup!
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