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"Chi pensa male fa peccato ma indovina." (He who thinks badly commits a sin but hits the mark.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pizza con Aglio e Olio d'Oliva
  -Budino al Cioccolato e Nocciola
  -Gianduia Torte con Glassa di Cioccolato

Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".


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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Pizza con Aglio e Olio d'Oliva

Pizza con Aglio e Olio d'Oliva
Pizza with Garlic and Olive Oil


1 large garlic clove
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
Small pinch dried hot red pepper flakes
Coarse salt to taste
All-purpose flour for dusting
Pizza dough for one 9-inch pizza


At least 45 minutes before baking pizza, put a pizza stone or 4 to 6 unglazed "quarry" tiles arranged close together on oven rack in lowest position in oven and preheat oven to highest setting (500 - 550 F).

Finely chop garlic and in a small bowl combine with olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and coarse salt.

On a lightly floured surface pat out dough evenly with your fingers, keeping hands flat and lifting and turning dough over several times, into a 9-inch round. (Do not handle dough more than necessary. If dough is sticky, dust it lightly with flour.)

Dust a baker's peel or rimless baking sheet with flour and carefully transfer dough to it.

Jerk peel or baking sheet once or twice and, if dough is sticking, lift dough and sprinkle flour underneath it, reshaping dough if necessary.

Working quickly, top dough with olive oil mixture, spreading with back of a spoon to within 1/2 inch of edge.

Line up far edge of peel or baking sheet with far edge of stone or tiles and tilt peel or baking sheet, jerking it gently to start pizza moving.

Once edge of pizza touches stone or tiles, carefully pull back peel or baking sheet, completely transferring pizza to stone or tiles (do not move pizza).

Bake pizza 6 to 7 minutes, or until dough is crisp and browned, and transfer with a metal spatula to a cutting board.

Cut pizza into wedges and serve immediately. Makes one 9-inch pizza.

That's it!

 Recipe: Budino al Cioccolato e Nocciola

Budino al Cioccolato e Nocciola
Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding


1/3 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half
5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) or amaretto
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped

Unsweetened whipped cream (optional)
6 crisp ladyfingers (optional)


Whisk sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch and salt in large bowl to blend.

Gradually whisk in 3/4 cup of half and half.

Bring 1 and 1/4 cups of half and half to simmer in heavy medium saucepan.

Gradually whisk hot half and half into egg mixture; return mixture to saucepan.

Whisk over medium-low heat until pudding thickens and comes to boil, about 5 minutes. Boil 1 minute longer, whisking constantly.

Remove pudding from heat.

Add chocolate, Frangelico liqueur and vanilla; whisk until chocolate melts and pudding is smooth.

Divide among six 3/4-cup custard cups.

Sprinkle hazelnuts over puddings. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep chilled.)

Spoon whipped cream atop puddings, if desired. Serve with ladyfingers, if desired. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Gianduia Torte con Glassa di Cioccolato

Gianduia Torte con Glassa di Cioccolato
Gianduia Torte with Chocolate Glaze


1 and 1/2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, husked
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 tablespoons (1 and 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter

7 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
Chocolate glaze


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Butter 8-inch diameter springform pan with two 3/4-inch-high sides.

Line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Butter parchment.

Wrap outside of pan with foil.

Finely grind hazelnuts in processor.

Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool chocolate mixture to room temperature.

Using electric mixer, beat yolks and sugar in large bowl until thick and pale yellow, about 5 minutes.

Fold in cooled chocolate mixture, then hazelnuts.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth top.

Bake until cake is set and appears dry but tester comes out with very moist crumbs attached, about 45 minutes. Transfer to rack.

Lightly press down any raised edges of cake. Cool completely.

Run small knife around sides of pan to loosen cake.

Remove pan sides. Invert cake onto platter. Remove pan bottom. Peel off parchment. Slide waxed paper strips under cake to protect platter.

Using icing spatula, spread thin coating of chocolate glaze over top and sides of cake.

Rewarm remaining glaze over low heat if necessary.

Pour glaze in pool over center of cake; spread over top and sides.

Remove waxed paper strips. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and refrigerate. Let stand 1 hour at room temperature before serving.) Serves 12.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

Berlusconi's Lovely Wife: Just Divide Italy

Rome - April 26, 2008 - Veronica Lario, wife of Silvio Berlusconi, the former and future Italian prime minister, recommends partitioning the country.

"Italy has never been well-suited to being a single country, and has never matured enough to become one," she told the newspaper reporters. "There is no longer any value in a unified Italy."

Italy became a single country in 1870. Since the recent parliamentary elections, Umberto Bossi, leader of the secessionist Northern League has accused politicians in Rome of robbing the industrial north to send aid to southern Italy, and called for splitting the country.

In and interview, Lario said many Italians are "snobbish" about the Northern League.

"This is a disillusioned country, even after Berlusconi's victory," she said. "The League expresses concrete demands from the most productive part of Italy, which is tired of dragging the rest of the country and does not find itself represented by the left-wing."

Berlusconi, 71 - a media mogul who served two terms as prime minister before losing a re-election bid to Romano Prodi in 2006 - is returning to office after defeating center-left challenger Walter Veltroni in an election this month. Berlusconi is expected to include Bossi in his cabinet.

Dividiamo Italia!
Sta' Pippa!

It's nice to see that old crow pop up every once in a while and cackle a few incoherent statements. We're amazed she's still unified with that clown of a husband.

Unfortunately, there will never be peace between the north and south of Italy. That is something we all have to realize and accept. Let us tell everyone why there will never be peace:

Whenever you have a bunch of Sicilians, there are plenty of people to hate them.
If you put Sicilians on Mars, there will be a problem.
If you put them in the North Pole, the polar bears will start asking too many questions and go to war with them.

As our grandfather always preached to us; "If there's an ocean, people will swim, if there are Sicilians, people will hate. That's my history lesson for you. Now, stop looking at me that way and get out. Close the door behind you."

"Oh, you ugly Sicilians!" You know, we normally feel ugly but we have never feel as ugly as we do when we visit the north.

It's amazing there's peace in Little Italy!

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