BUDINO DI CIOCCOLATO Tuscan Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding Serves 6 Ingredients: 4 egg yolks ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 package unflavored gelatin (2 teaspoons powdered gelatin) ¼ cup cold water 3 cups heavy cream ½ cup sifted unsweetened dark cocoa powder 1 teaspoon caramelized sugar (see Note) 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 1 cup […]

Composta di Pere Pear Compote Serves 4 This is a very light dessert Mama used to make when someone wasn’t feelin’ well. I liked it best with gelato and biscotti. Ingredients: 2 pounds Bartlett or Bosc pears 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 tablespoons sugar 1 ½ cups water ½ cup golden raisins ¼ chopped walnuts […]

Crema Pasticcera Pastry Cream Ingredients: 2 cups milk Grated zest of ½ lemon 1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks ⅓ cup sugar ⅓ cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Procedure: 1. In a small saucepan, bring the milk and lemon zest to a low boil. Remove the pan from the heat. 2. In […]

Croccante (Nut Brittle)

 CROCCANTE Nut Brittle Makes 2 Pounds When I was little, I loved going to county fairs where there would be long tables selling every kind of nut brittle imaginable. The only think I didn’t like was that it made my fingers sticky. Lorenzo, my friend in Forte dei Marni, was on the first restaurateurs in […]

Crostata con Pere al Vino Rosso Wine-Poached Pears in a Cornmeal Crust Serves 8 Ingredients: 3 pounds pears Juice and peel of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns ½ tablespoon whole cloves 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries 6 cups red wine 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar 2 sticks cinnamon ½ cup dried cranberries 1 […]

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