02/16/10 Chocolate Souffle

"L'occhio del padrone ingrassa il cavallo." (The eye of the owner makes the horse fat. A business thrives under the eye of its owner.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Crab Soup
  -Baked Chicory with Nutmeg
  -Chocolate Souffle

If dishes were wishes, then I wish you many. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Crab Soup

Crab Soup
Zuppa di Granchi


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) live crabs
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 onion
1 egg yolk
1/2 tablespoon corn flour
Pinch of saffron threads
1 fresh thyme sprig
1 clove
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine
Salt and pepper
Thick bread slices, toasted, to serve


Cook the onion in boiling water for about 20 minutes until soft, then drain.

Bring 2 pints (1.2 liters) lightly salted water to a boil, add the thyme and clove and add in the crabs.

Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, then drain, reserving the cooking liquid.

Place each crab on one edge, then prise the shell apart with your thumbs.

Break off the legs and claws, crack them open and pick out the meat.

Pull off and get rid of the gills from the sides of the body, split open the body and prise out the meat.

Chop the crab meat and the boiled onion and combine them with the tomatoes.

Add the mixture to the reserved cooking liquid, pour in the wine and cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Beat the egg yolk with the corn flour in a bowl, then stir into the soup.

Season with salt and pepper and stir in the saffron just before ladling into a soup bowl.

Serve the soup very hot with toast. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baked Chicory with Nutmeg

Baked Chicory with Nutmeg
Indivia Belga al Forno Alla Noce Moscata


1 and 3/4 lbs (800 grams) chicory, trimmed
3 oz (80 grams) breadcrumbs
Butter, for greasing
Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Place the chicory in a steamer and steam for about 10-12 minutes.

Remove from the heat, cut each head in half and place in the prepared dish.

Season with salt and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and nutmeg.

Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle
Souffle Al Cioccolato


1/2 oz (15 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
Vanilla sugar, for dusting
3 oz (80 grams) plain chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 pint (300 ml) milk
1 and 1/4 oz (35 grams) plain flour
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar
3 egg yolks
1 egg white


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Grease a souffle dish with butter and dust with vanilla sugar.

Put the chocolate and 6 fl oz (175 ml) of the milk in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water and stir constantly until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Put the flour in another saucepan, pour in the remaining milk and mix well.

Stir in the sugar and chocolate mixture, bring to the boil and cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then stir in the butter, then the egg yolks one at a time.

Stiffly whisk the egg white in a grease-free bowl and gently fold it into the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish so that it is two-thirds full and bake for about 30 minutes until risen and set.

Serve immediately. Serves 6.

That's it!

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"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Robbers Caught in Bank Raid Wearing Silvio Berlusconi Masks

Rome - February 11, 2009 - Two Sicilian bank robbers have been caught breaking into a bank in Turin wearing carnival masks representing the features of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his close business and political associate Marcello Dell'Utri.

Possibly inspired by the Hollywood movie Point Break, in which a group of surfers robbed banks wearing masks of former presidents of the United States, the men were armed with imitation handguns.

They were overpowered by Carabinieri military police as they attempted to flee a branch of Unicredit Bank with Euros 70,000 (90,000 USD) in a backpack after an employee who had witnessed the robbery from a lavatory raised the alarm.

Newspapers on Wednesday published photographs of the arrests taken by a man whose apartment overlooks the bank. The robbers were identified as brothers Michele and Matteo Manganaro, aged 45 and 46, from Catania. A third accomplice reportedly escaped.

The choice of masks could be mildly embarrassing for Mr Berlusconi, who has been accused over the years of bribery, false accounting and collusion with the Mafia, but has never been convicted. His friend Mr Dell'Utri however, who hails from Sicily, has convictions for false accounting, tax evasion and complicity with Cosa Nostra.

Berlusconi: "I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
Thief: " I deserve this money!"

Berlusconi: "I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests."
Thief: " don't be a prick and press the alarm button! It's in your own best interest."

Berlusconi: "Italy is now a great country to invest we have fewer communists and those who are still there deny having been one. Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries...superb girls."
Thief: "...I'm going to invest this cash in superb girls who are ex Communists!"

Berlusconi: "Eighty-five per cent of the Italian press is left-wing and among the judges it is even worse... There is a cancer in Italy that we have to treat: the politicization of the magistracy."
Thief: "...Hurry up! The cancer is spreading. I need this cash for chemotherapy!"

Berlusconi: "I believed and still believe that citizen Berlusconi should be praised for having prevented the state's wealth from being looted... I was expecting a Gold Medal for Civil Worthiness for ensuring the state earned 2,000 billion [Italian lire]."
Thief: "...where was my praise?! My gold medal? Where?! Cazzo! I'm taking this before it gets looted by the state!

Berlusconi: "If I, taking care of everyone's interests, also take care of my own, you can't talk about a conflict of interest."
Thief: "...I'm taking care of everyone's interest and my own. There will be no conflict, so open the safe!"

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