Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

Easter in Umbria is not for those with a delicate constitution. A cheese-egg-meat-wine-chocolate binge starts at 9 am on Easter Sunday with breakfast and ends into a food induced coma sometime at 5 pm. By then, some of the aunties are passing around giant mounds of broken chocolate eggs and slices of colomba just in case you have developed a new appetite. They are ruthless. … Continue reading Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

the secret to make better pizza is to understand your flour

Pizza night in this house never goes unnoticed. The event has been planned in advance. Most likely we have just been on a hunt for a batch of good flour or other interesting ingredients. The kitchen is populated by notebook pages scribbled with the last method I’ll be  testing after much study and deliberation. The dough has been fermented for 12 to 24 hours. Will I achieve … Continue reading the secret to make better pizza is to understand your flour

gluten free bruschetta bread (new and easier version!)

Developing this recipe has been very difficult. And slow. And sometime a little discouraging. It often happens with gluten free cooking, you probably already know it. I have started to experiment with gluten-free flours sometime in 2011 and to try to make GF bread about 2 years later. In September 2013, I got the first bread that looked like something I would actually want to … Continue reading gluten free bruschetta bread (new and easier version!)

Colomba: a traditional Italian Easter bread shaped like a dove.

Easter 2013 You may not be the most beautiful dove but you have a sweet, buttery heart. You may not be not the softest but I have made you with stone-ground artisan flour, organic sugar and eggs, homemade candied orange peel and only 1/4 teaspoon yeast. I’ve made you with love and all the necessary time. Actually, I did not have the time to make a Colomba. Tomorrow … Continue reading Colomba: a traditional Italian Easter bread shaped like a dove.

savory cauliflower crostata

Does cauliflower count for detox? That’s what we are supposed to do for at least one week in January, isn’t it? Have you done the salad treatment and figured it’s bad for you since there’s a foot of snow outside? It’s too cold for self-inflicted punishment. I am so glad is not bikini time yet. That’s even worse than New Year detox. Lucky me I … Continue reading savory cauliflower crostata