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"I frutti proibiti sono i pił dolci." (Forbidden fruit is the sweetest). Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Zuppa di Fava
  -Torta di Mandorle con Arancia
  -Crostata di Ciliege

May and June are the perfect months for fresh cherries so give the "Crostata di Ciliege" a try! Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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 Recipe: Zuppa di Fava

Zuppa di Fava
Fava Bean Soup

Ingredients:

5 lbs fresh fava beans
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground hot red pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups diced plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Shaved Pecorino Romano or Grana Padano cheese

Directions:

Shell beans, discarding pods.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook beans for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Let cool completely. Afterwards, pinch skin of each bean to break at one end; squeeze the bean out of its skin. Set aside.

In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic and hot pepper for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes and fava beans; bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes. Add parsley and salt.

Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!


 Recipe: Torta di Mandorle con Arancia

Torta di Mandorle con Arancia
Almond Orange Cake

Ingredients:

4 large eggs, separated
8 oz (225 grams) granulated sugar
4 tablespoons (60 ml) potato flour
12 oz (350 grams) ground almonds
Grated zest of 3 oranges
Juice of 2 oranges
Icing sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350° F (180° C).

Grease and flour an 8 inch (20 cm) springform cake tin.

Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until pale, thick and creamy.

Fold in the potato flour.

Fold in the almonds, orange zest and juice.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the mixture. Turn into the prepared tin.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Dust with sifted icing sugar before serving. Serves 8.

That's it!


 Recipe: Crostata di Ciliege

Crostata di Ciliege
Cherry and Hazelnut Tart

Ingredients:

For the pastry:
7 oz (200 grams) plain white or Italian type 00 flour
Pinch of salt
5 oz (150 grams) unsalted butter
4 oz (100 grams) icing sugar
2 oz (50 grams) chopped, toasted hazelnuts
1 egg yolk

For the topping:
1.5 lb (700 grams) ripe cherries
12 oz (350 grams) mascarpone cheese
10 ml (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (15 ml) brandy

Directions:

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in 3 oz (75 grams) of the sugar and the hazelnuts. Stir in the egg yolk and about 2 teaspoons (10 ml) water and mix to form a dough. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, stone the cherries.

Pre-heat the oven to 375° F (190° C).

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry and use to line a loose-bottomed 11 inch (28 cm) flan tin. Prick the base. Line with greaseproof paper and weigh down with baking beans. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the sides of the pastry are crisp. Remove the lining and beans and return to the oven for 5 minutes until the bottom is crisp.

In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese with the remaining 1 oz (25 grams) icing sugar, the cherries, vanilla extract and brandy.

Spoon into the cooked pastry case and serve. Serves 12.

That's it!

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Vampire Thieves Take a Bite of Sicilian's Savings

Palermo - July 24 - An Italian couple stole 50,000 euros from a woman in the Sicilian city of Palermo after convincing her they were vampires who would impregnate her with the son of the Anti-Christ if she did not pay them.

The man, a cabaret singer, and his girlfriend took the money from their victim over four years by selling her pills at 3,000 euros each that they said would abort the Anti-Christ's son. Police uncovered the fraud after the 47-year-old woman's family became concerned when they discovered she had spent all her savings, local news agencies reported.

"Sta pippa!" A cabaret singer? If this crooner can bilk you of 50,000 Euros ($60,000) with birth control pills, imagine what he can do with his renditions of "I've Got a Crush on You".

You know, an earthquake is less of a threat than typical Sicilian frauds. Less people hurt!

You can't send people like this to prison. They belong in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the biggest pair of "coglioni" ever for pulling this off and for their incredibly keen sense of locating incredibly stupid people.

Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed again. We can start with the ones that drool and sell Sicilian air to each other.

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