Feb 27, 2012

Pirates! Pirati!


Italiano (molto più sotto) / English

It was the year 2009, March to be more precise. Danilo's birthday (my second child) was getting closer and I had absolutely no idea what to bake for his third birthday... Worst of all I didn't have any clue about children party cakes. And yes, I do belong to the famous "better-late-than-never-club" that first becomes aware of the quantity of "rubbish" hidden in most of the "ready-to-eat" food ONCE we have our first child and therefore starts baking and cooking everything from scratch (when possible!) .
I don't think hormones are to blame in this case!
(PS: Yes I did bake a cake for his first and second birthday - in case you were asking yourself... but nothing compared to a real child cake!)

A click here, a click there and I virtually landed in France, (oui...beautiful France), on a cooking and baking page 
called Le Journal des Femmes - cuisine 
(if you read French have a look at it, they have many great recipes).
And there she was, Ms Nathalie R. with her wonderful tutorials on children cakes, showing how monotonous round, rectangular cakes could be transformed into anything. All you needed was just... HER FANTASY!
Best thing of all: you don't need to be a cake designer (or 1/2 a cake designer) to be able to make her cakes; you don't need an awful lot of special tools - probably you don't need any SPECIAL tool at all!

I decided to bake and make Nathalie's Pirate Cake. Shouldn't do anything wrong, should I? What boy at that age doesn't like pirates? They are almost in every children book!
I tried to be as close as possible to the original subject.
Have a look how my cake turned out: lovely, isn't it?

The Pirates had their Vessel!





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Feb 24, 2012

Baking with Julia - Una nuova Sfida!




Constantly searching for new challenges …challenges came to me!






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Feb 21, 2012

SURPRISE! - SORPRESA!


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Feb 20, 2012

Baking Whoopies

Italiano / English

I "Whoopie pies" girano il mondo! 

Tra la moltitudine di libri di pasticceria riposti nella mia libreria, c'é anche quello di
Ms Polly Pomfrey sugli ormai famosi “Whoopie Pies”.

Il mese scorso ho chiesto alla Signora Pomfrey il permesso di trascrivere le sue ricetta nel mio blog e lei mi ha gentilmente concesso di copiarne una o due (grazie Ms Polly Pomfrey!)

DUE ricette da scegliere tra le 24 nel libro: una bella responsabilità!

Ho così lanciato un appello tra gli amici di Sweet and That's it in Facebook, chiedendo loro di votare le loro due preferite.Questo è il risultato dei Whoopie più gettonati:
1) WHOOPIE AL DOPPIO CIOCCOLATO
2) WHOOPIE ALLA MELA E CANNELLA

Link (Youtube)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_j9j8jPcyc per come fare i whoopie pie. 
Non spegnetelo se non parlate inglese, perchè le immagini da sole sono sufficienti per capire la tecnica.PS: La speciale teglia Whoopie non è indispensabile per farli. Basta fare dei mucchietti della stessa dimensione con l'impasto e ben spaziarli tra di loro.


The Whoopie Pies go around the world!

Among the multitude of baking books stored in my library there is one of Ms Polly Pomfrey on the now worldwide famous "Whoopie Pies".

Last month I asked Ms Pomfrey the permission to write down her recipes in my blog and she kindly allowed me to copy one or two (thanks Ms. Polly Pomfrey!)

TWO recipes to choose from among the 24: what a responsibility!
So I decided to ask Sweet and that's it friends in Facebook for some help. All they had to do was to vote for their favourite two ...
This is the result of the most wanted Whoopie:

1) THE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE
2) WHOOPIE APPLE AND CINNAMON

Link (Youtube) “how to make whoopie pie” - in English. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_j9j8jPcyc
PS: The special Whoopie pan is not essential: to make them, just form small heaps of the same size with the mixture making sure you leave enough space them.




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Lavender Sugar! Zucchero alla Lavanda!

 Italiano / English





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Feb 16, 2012

Cough Syrup - Sciroppo per la Tosse


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I love Vanilla - Adoro la Vaniglia

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