Torcolo di San Costanzo, a medieval sweet bread from Umbria

My hometown Perugia is well protected from evil. We have 3 patron Saints to look out for us: San Lorenzo, Sant’Ercolano and San Costanzo. Nationwide, San Lorenzo is the most popular. One of the Seven Deacons of Rome, and therefore among the first to have been subjected to martyrdom, he is the patron of over 200 towns and villages in Italy. The legend says that … Continue reading Torcolo di San Costanzo, a medieval sweet bread from Umbria

brustengolo polenta fruitcake

brustengolo, an ancient Umbrian olive oil and polenta fruitcake

This is a very rustic and ancient recipe from my hometown Perugia. Not too sweet, egg-free, gluten-free, robust, Brustengolo makes for a substantial snack full of healthy goodness. It’s basically a baked polenta enriched with dried fruits and nuts and flavored with the classic Umbrian combination of anise, fennel and orange. You can cook the polenta flour on the stovetop before baking or simply mix … Continue reading brustengolo, an ancient Umbrian olive oil and polenta fruitcake

tiramisu with white peaches

white peach and rose-water tiramisu

I don’t know how a fruit can be so exotic and still grow here, not too far from my magical mountain. I adore peaches and nectarines in every color and shape, but I have a soft spot for the slightly spiced bouquet of velvety white peaches. I generallly don’t feel the need to make a peach dessert, if they are ripe, they don’t need to … Continue reading white peach and rose-water tiramisu