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"Buon Giorno e Buon Natale!" Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Budino di Pane
  -Coppa al Mascarpone
  -Sfogliatella Riccia

These dessert recipes have been collected from family and friends and I do hope that you will enjoy them for the Christmas Holidays. We have received many requests for Italian recipes these past few weeks. We promise to get to each and every one of them. Enjoy the complimentary news article report from "Only In".

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Budino di Pane

Budino di Pane
Italian Bread Pudding


2/3 cup light raisins
6-8 slices Panettone, Colomba or Pandoro (about 8 oz.)
2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
I cup heavy cream
1/4 cup rum
1/4 cup Marsa1a
3 large eggs
2 tbsp. grated orange peel
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Confectioner's sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Butter a 12 x 9 x 24 inch baking dish. Sprinkle half the raisins in the bottom of the dish. Make a layer of half the cake slices over the raisins. Sprinkle with the remaining raisins and top with the rest of the cake.

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cream, rum and Marsala.

Beat the eggs, orange peel and cinnamon and stir into the milk mixture.

Slowly pour the liquid over the cake slices, pressing them down. Let stand 10 minutes.

Place the dish in a large roasting pan and fill it to a depth of one inch.

Bake 30 minutes or until a knife inserted 2 inches from the edge comes clean and the top is golden. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Serve warm or chilled.

That's it!

 Recipe: Coppa al Mascarpone

Coppa al Mascarpone


7 oz. slightly stale Panettone, crust removed
6 tbsp. peach brandy
8 halves of peaches preserved in syrup
1 1/4 cups Mascarpone
10 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
2 egg yolks
10 tbsp. chocolate curls


Cut the Panettone in small cubes. Put them in a bowl and sprinkle with 4 tbsp. peach brandy. Cut the peaches in small cubes and add them to the Panettone.

Work the Mascarpone with a spatula until it is creamy. Mix in the sugar, egg yolks and 2 tbsp. peach brandy.

Delicately combine the mixture with the Panettone and peaches.

Divide the preparation among 4 dessert cups and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Decorate with the chocolate curls before serving. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Sfogliatella Riccia

Sfogliatella Riccia
Shell-shaped Flaky Ricotta Pastries


1 cup water
1/2 cup ricotta
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup semolina
1 cup, 2 oz. flour
6 oz. butter
2 oz. strutto
1 pinch cinnamon
3 oz. candied orange peel, diced
1 egg yolk


Bring the water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and pour in the semolina, stirring so as not to form lumps.

Cook, stirring for about 8 mins., stirring constantly. Let cool.

Make a Fontana with the flour. Put half of the butter, a pinch of salt and as much water as necessary to knead the dough to a smooth and elastic consistency. Wrap the dough in a towel and let rest for an hour.

Sift the ricotta; mix with the semolina, 6 tbs. sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and the candied peel.

Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin to obtain a 25x18-in. rectangle, 1/16-in. thick. Cut the pastry vertically into 4 strips and place one on top of the other, brushing each one with melted butter. Let rest for half an hour, and then roll up the stack of dough.

Slice the roll into 10 equal pieces with a very sharp, floured knife. Place the pieces on the pastry board and roll them gently with the rolling pin, first vertically, in an upward direction, and then in a downwards direction, to give them an oval shape.

Turn the ovals over, place a bit of ricotta filling in the middle of each one, brush the edges with egg yolk, then fold the dough over and press to seal.

Brush the sfogliatelle with melted strutto and place on a paper greased with butter. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425F for 20 mins.

Remove from the oven. Brush with melted butter again, lower the temperature to 350F and bake for another 20 mins.

Let cool, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.

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:

Code Attacks Cisco Vulnerabilities.

CNET - March 29 - Cisco Systems issued a security warning this weekend to customers after new software code was published on the Internet that targeted certain vulnerabilities on several of its networking products.

The software code, written by a group of teenagers in Italy calling themselves the "Black Angels," exploits nine vulnerabilities found in Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS). This software runs on most of Cisco's products, including its Catalyst Ethernet switches and Internet Protocol routers.

Most of the vulnerabilities make Cisco routers and switches more susceptible to distributed denial-of-service attacks. These attacks occur when hackers take control of servers and flood the network with millions of packets, which eventually cripple devices like switches and routers that try to process all the packets.

The Black Angels, who describe themselves on their Web site as "a group of Italian teenager boys" who are "experts in the network security field and programming," stated that they do not take any responsibility for "incorrect or illegal use of this software or for eventual damages to others systems." The group has written the code in an effort to bring more awareness to security flaws, according to the site.

Members of the Black Angels were not available for comment.

Well, sometimes you need to motivate these Italian kids. A lot of them become lazy and don't put their efforts in school. So, Italian teachers advise them to go out and participate in extracurricular activities for credit.

Can you imagine these Italian "experts in the network security field and programming" sitting on their little scooters on street corners, eating their *potato heroes and trying to impress their empty-headed girlfriends with the story of how they punched nine security holes in the operating systems of Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet?

It makes you want to grab these spoiled kids by the ear and ram their hard drives where the sun doesn't shine!

(We'll end this story right here. Our web site doesn't exactly have "Pentagon" level security so we wouldn't want to upset these little bastards.)

*potato heroes: a very popular sandwich of Italian teens. It consists of hero bread filled with french fries, ketchup and mayonnaise. No, we're not kidding!

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