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 03/29/11 Naples Easter Pie

"Mal comune, mezzo gaudio." (Trouble shared is trouble halved.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Naples Easter Pie
  -Sweet Anise Taralli
  -Pizza Dolce

Ciao! I look forward to connecting further with you in the coming days with some more issues of our recipe newsletter that haven't been published in the past two weeks. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Naples Easter Pie

Naples Easter Pie
Crostata di Pasqua Napoletana

Ingredients:

1 lb Genoa or hard salami
1 lb ham or cooked prosciutto
One package of fresh basket cheese
10 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
Fresh ground pepper
Pie crusts (store bought)

Directions:

Cube the salami, ham or prosciutto and basket cheese.

Slightly beat the eggs.

Add beaten eggs to ham, salami and basket cheese.

Add Parmigiano cheese and fresh pepper

Mix well.

Place one pie crust into another and place them in a deep dish pie pan

Pour in the egg, meat and cheese mixture.

Bake at 350F for about one hour.

Turn off the oven and let the pie continue to cook while the oven cools.

Test by placing a toothpick or fork into the pie. If it comes out clean, the pie is ready. Serve lukewarm. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sweet Anise Taralli

Sweet Anise Taralli
Taralli Dolci con Anice

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
4 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
1 tablespoon anise seeds, ground
1/2 cup honey
4 to 4 and 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons baking powder

For the Glaze:
1 and 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half or milk

Directions:

Prepare the Dough:
Preheat the oven to 350F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Mix the eggs in a food processor or blend them in a stand mixer until fluffy.

Add the olive oil, anise extract, anise seeds, and honey and mix or blend the ingredients.

Combine 4 cups of the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

Slowly add the mixture to the food processor or mixer and process to form a soft dough; it should be the consistency of thick dough. If more flour is needed add it 1 tablespoon at a time.

Knead the dough on a work surface to smooth it out.

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and work with one at a time; keep the rest under damp paper towels.

Roll each piece into an 18-inch rope and cut eighteen 1-inch pieces from each dough rope.

Roll each of 2 pieces into an 8-inch rope.

Attach the two pieces at one end and twist them together.

Bring the 2 ends together and pinch them closed to make a small circle.

Place the taralli on the baking sheets, spacing them 1-inch apart.

Bake the taralli for 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Prepare the Glaze:
While the taralli bake, in a bowl, combine the sugar and the half-and-half milk.

Remove the taralli from the baking sheets and, while they are still warm, dip the tops of each one in the confectioners' sugar glaze and place on a cooling rack to dry completely.

Store in an airtight container. Makes 36 cookies.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pizza Dolce

Pizza Dolce

Ingredients:

For the Pastry:
15 oz (425 grams) ground almonds
7 oz (200 grams) golden superfine sugar
3 and 1/2 oz (90 grams) honey
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
2 egg whites

For the Filling:
6 oz (175 grams) golden superfine sugar
5 egg yolks
3 oz (75 grams) plain white or Italian type '00' flour
17 fl oz (500 ml) milk
4 tablespoons (60 ml) Marsala wine
4 oz (100 grams) finely chopped blanched almonds
Icing sugar, for dredging

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Prepare the Pastry:
Put the ground almonds, sugar, honey, cinnamon and lemon zest in a bowl and mix together.

Add only just enough egg white to make a soft, firm dough.

Start kneading the mixture together when it is still dry, until it binds together.

Roll out the pastry to line a 12 inch (30 cm) flan tin.

Slip the base of the flan tin under the pastry then put in the flan case.

Prick the base of the pastry, line with greaseproof paper and weigh down with baking beans.

Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes until the sides are crisp.

Remove the lining and beans and return to the oven for 5 minutes until the bottom is crisp.

Prepare the Filling:
Beat together the sugar and egg yolks until light and pale, then beat in the flour.

Pour the milk into a heavy based saucepan and heat until just below boiling point.

Gradually pour on to the egg mixture, beating vigorously until well blended.

Return to the rinsed pan and bring to the boil, whisking continuously.

Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the filling does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Stir in the Marsala wine and chopped almonds.

Leave to cool.

When the filling is cool, spread it into the pastry case.

Dredge with icing sugar before serving. Serves 10-12.

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:

Thief On The Run Takes Wrong Turn And Ducks Into Police Station

Florence - August 31, 2010 - A fleeing thief realized he had made a wrong turn in Florence Tuesday when he found himself staring at bemused police officers instead of the post-office crowds he had hoped to melt away into.

The young Romanian snatched a bag out of a car and set off with a married couple in hot pursuit, witnesses said.

Trying to dodge them he ducked into what he thought was a central post office but instead discovered was a municipal police office, in a scene reminiscent of Italian neorealist comedy classic "I Soliti Ignoti".

The couple arrived hot on his heels and he was arrested.

"Cornuto diavolo", this is a guy who’s happy he gets his shoes on the right feet...and that’s a lottery every day.

Thank God he came to this country. What a shame. It would have been much more entertaining if the thief was, let's say, Calabrese or, you guessed it, Napolitano. Regardless, we still think all the officers in that station must have tripped over themselves to make the easy arrest.

We're sure that the Romanian has learned his lesson...or maybe not. "Che se ne frega?" He would have to admit the episode is pretty embarrassing to his fellow countrymen who rob houses in Italy by performing circus acrobatics from balcony to balcony.

No, we're not kidding.

The only advice we can give the befuddled "testa di minchia" is to get directions next time. "TomToms" and "Google Maps" are doing wonders these days.

Please let us end the story with a few great lines from the classic comedy, "I Soliti Ignoti":

Capannelle: Tell me something, tough kid, do you know a certain Mario who lives around here?
Bambino: Around here there's about a hundred Marios.
Capannelle: Yeah ok, but this is one who steals.
Bambino: Still, about a hundred...

Ferribotte (at Cosimo's funeral): It's always the best ones that go!
Dante Cruciani: That's life. Today you, tomorrow him.

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