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Tiramisu without eggs

A lighter variant of tiramisu without eggs, perfect for people that have an allergy and don’t like raw eggs.

This dessert is amazing either way, perfect if you have people over or for after dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams savoiardi cookies or ladyfingers
  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 200 ml whipping cream
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • 30 grams cocoa
  • 350 ml coffee
  • 50 ml milk or a splash of your favorite alcohol (I use Baileys or Kahlua).
  • a sprinkle of love

Method:

  • In a bowl mix mascarpone with sugar.
  • Add the whipped cream and gently mix everything together until is very creamy and  smooth.
  • Make the coffee, pour it in a deep plate, add the milk or alcohol, dip the cookies in the warm coffee both sides for few seconds.
  • Put the cookies in the dish, this will be the base of the tiramisu.
  • Spread over half of the mascarpone cream and sprinkle with some cocoa and chocolate flakes.
  • Cover with another layer of cookies dipped in coffee.
  • Now spread the other half of the mascarpone cream.
  • Level everything and sprinkle some cocoa and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Buon Appetito

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Tortano/Easter Bread

Italian food is all about tradition and Tortano or Casatiello is a must  for the Neapolitan at Easter. Every year before Easter the family get together to make this delicious, amazing savory bread…..lets say “its a family affair”. The day after Easter in Italy we go at the beach or at the park for a nice “scampagnata” with friends and we bring the leftover Tortano with other food of course and we all eat together. Food brings people together.

Tortano  or Casatiello is a savory bread stuffed with cheese, salami, mortadella, prosciutto and boiled eggs, you are suppose to eat it at Ester but its great for any occasion in fact, 11 years ago, my aunt made this delicious savory bread for my husband when we were there in the summer and he fall in love.

Its not difficult to make this amazing bread if you follow this recipe, the only thing that I suggest you its to make it a day in advance so it does have time to rise slowly and the result will be outstanding. The secret for a great result, like my nonna said, it is that you must use “sungia”/Italian pork fat but if you don’t have it use  shorting or  oil.

I  hope you will try it out and maybe you can start your own tradition with your homemade Tortano for Easter.

HAPPY ESTER 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg flour
  • 550 ml water
  • 28 gr fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pepper
  • 150 grams  Italian pork fat (sugna) or shorting
  • 4  boiled eggs cut in pieces
  • 100 grams salame
  • 100 grams ham
  • 100 grams mortadella
  • 100 grams provolone
  • 100 grams scamorza or any other kind of cheese that you have in your fridge
  • 50 grams Grana Cheese
  • Salt, pepper (2 teaspoons each)
  • 4 egg for decoration
  • 1 lightly beat egg for paint the tortano before the oven
  • A sprinkle of love

 

Method:

Dissolve in a bowl the yeast with the water and sugar and after a minute  add the salt and shorting . Add little by little the flour and knead into a soft and elastic dough. Let it rise for an hour or until double the size.I suggest to put your dough in the oven cover with a kitchen towel with the light on.

Cut all your cured meat and your cheese and put it in a side.

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After few hours take your baby Tortano put it on a working board and spread it out trying to give a rectangular shape, remembering to leave a small piece of dough for the decoration.

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Spread some fat or oil on your dough and after put all your cold cuts,cheese and boiled eggs on it.

Now its time to roll it gently and slowly,be very careful because its heavy.

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You have to roll it and give it a circle shape,now whit your 2 finger press in 4 different spot and put the 4 uncooked eggs.With the leftover pasta dough cut 8 stripes.

Its time to let your baby Tortano rest and rise for few hours (I did it for 3 hours) or overnight.

After that you have to spread the lightly beaten egg over it,put it in a  ring mold pan greased with shorting, 35 cm /13 inch wide, and cook it for 35/45 minutes until is nice and gold.

Enjoy and Buon Appetito and Buona Pasqua.

 

 

 

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