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"Donna che piange, uomo che giura, cavallo che suda, tutta impostura." (A woman who cries, a man who swears, a horse that sweats, all imposture.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fettuccine ai Peperoni Gialli
  -Agnello Con Limone e Capperi
  -Budino di Mele

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Fettuccine ai Peperoni Gialli

Fettuccine ai Peperoni Gialli
Fettuccine with Yellow Peppers


2 large yellow bell peppers
3 fresh tomatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon capers
1/3 cup freshly chopped basil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 cup diced smoked Pecorino cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 lb fettuccine pasta


Heat the broiler.

Broil the peppers on a piece of aluminum foil on rack about 5 inches from the heat source, turning occasionally, until the skin has blackened all over.

Place the peppers in a brown paper bag.

Close the bag securely and let the peppers rest for 5 minutes.

Remove the peppers.

When cool enough to handle, remove the stem ends, seeds, and any white membrane.

Cut the peppers into thin strips and put into a large bowl.

Add the tomatoes, capers, basil, fennel, Pecorino, and olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper and toss. Set aside.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir in the fettuccine and cook until 'al dente', stirring often.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of hot pasta water.

Add the pasta to the sauce in the bowl and toss, adding a little hot pasta water if necessary.

Taste for seasoning. Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Agnello Con Limone e Capperi

Agnello Con Limone e Capperi
Lamb Piccata with Capers


Four 8 to 10-ounce lamb blade shoulder chops
1/2 cup all purpose flour
5 tablespoons (about) chilled butter

3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons drained capers


Using small sharp knife, cut around lamb bones; discard bones, leaving 3 irregular pieces of meat from each chop.

Cut off fat and sinew from each piece.

Place lamb between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap.

Using meat mallet, pound lamb to 1/3-inch thickness.

Sprinkle lamb generously with salt and pepper.

Coat lamb with flour; shake off excess.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, add lamb to skillet and cook until brown and beginning to shrink, about 2 minutes per side, adding more butter to skillet as needed.

Transfer lamb to platter; cover to keep warm.

Add broth to skillet; boil until reduced to generous 1/3 cup, scraping up any browned bits, about 2 minutes.

Add lemon juice.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 tablespoon at a time, whisking until melted before adding next piece.

Stir in capers. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour sauce over lamb and serve. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Budino di Mele

Budino di Mele
Apple Bread Pudding


6 oz (180 grams) superfine sugar
3 oz (75 grams) raisins
2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) brandy
12 slices of day-old bread or cake
12 fl oz (350 ml) milk
3 large eggs
Pinch of salt
3 oz (75 grams) unsalted butter
5 apples


Put 3 oz (75 grams) of sugar and 4 fl oz (100 ml) of water in a saucepan.

Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil and heat for about 5 minutes until it turns to a caramel color.

Immediately, carefully pour the caramel into a 9 inch (23 cm) deep ring mold and swirl to coat the bottom of the mold.

Put the raisins in a small bowl, cover with the brandy and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

Put the bread or cake in a large dish and pour over the milk. Set aside.

Meanwhile, core, peel and thinly slice the apples.

In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining sugar with the eggs, salt and butter until well blended.

Drain the raisins and add to the sugar mixture with the brandy and the apple slices.

Drain the soaked bread, add to the mixture and blend the ingredients together.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. (180 C.)

Pour the apple and bread mixture into the mold, spreading it in evenly.

Place the mold in a roasting tin and fill the tin with enough boiling water to come 1 and 1/2 inch (4 cm) up the sides of the mold.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until set.

Remove the mold from the tin, let it stand for 2 minutes, then place a serving dish over the top of the mold and carefully invert the pudding onto it.

Shake and release the pudding and the sauce.

Serve warm, cut into wedges. Serves 6-8.

That's it!

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