Biscuit dough…similar to pastry dough? Ah, we’ll draw that connection.
Biscotti di Regina has a homely ring to it. A light, buttery biscuit with distinctive vanilla undertones, and a soft inner encased in crisp sesame seeds, it’s comfort food at its best – especially when dunked in hot chocolate. Although I have no Italian, let alone Sicilian, heritage it brings to the surface memories of sitting on the kitchen bench as a wee lass of four with my grandmother. I’d measure out flour, coconut, brown sugar – the essential ingredients for ‘ANZAC slice’ or a fruit crumble. Continue reading →
Burgers. Slap some sort of protein between two halves of bun, jazz it up with extra meat/cheese/vegetable garnishes, drench with sauce and voila! A professed people pleaser. Huh. As a committed vegetarian, burgers – unless made by moi – are approached with caution. Encounters with starchy, soggy, bland patties are all too familiar.
Delectable crescent shaped pastries encase a sweet chocolate ricotta filling, comprising the Sicilian wonder that is Cassatelle (or cassateddi, if you are a local). Similar to a mini calzone, they hail from the teeny town of Calatafimi in Trapani, dating back to 1700 and a peasant-based lifestyle. Continue reading →
Saint Tropez, synonymous with starlets and luxury, is home to an ingenue of it’s own. One of the pastry sort. A rich yet light and fluffy Brioche dough (thanks to oodles of butter and eggs), filled with pastry or butter cream and sprinkled with pearled sugar – the Tarte Tropezienne is simple yet stylish. Available either as a ‘cake’ large enough to satiate eight, or in delightful individual portions, it prefers the cooler climes of the fridge prior to serving. Continue reading →
A Mallorcan specialty, the Ensaimada, with its coiled shape could easily be confused with an escargot. Is it a pastry? A cake? A bread? Think the love child of Brioche and Croissant, with a crunchy crust that gives way to a dense yet soft, flaky inner. Perfect consumed warm for breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate, as an afternoon snack or perhaps even dessert. Continue reading →