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Panettone Zuccotto Recipe

Panettone Zuccotto Recipe

  Zuccotto is an Italian dessert with origins in Florence, believed to have been inspired by the city’s famous “Duomo” (cathedral dome). Regardless of its origins, it is a dessert made throughout all of Italy, with each area adding its own regional touch, via citrus fruits, local nuts, chocolate, liqueurs and even the cake used to form the dome, resulting in vary flexible and delicious dessert.       Do not be deceived by the look of the zuccotto – it is not the prettiest dessert you’ll see around.  The elegance and creativity of this dessert is shown in how it is filled and the skill required to “turn it out” onto a serving platter, the final decorative touches and flavour …. all things you will want to show off to your guests as they will not believe you have made the dessert yourself without breaking a sweat. As mentioned above, the variations of this dessert are many and once you’ve learnt the basic steps you really can make it your own.  My version uses panettone and quality ingredients.  The decision in what to use in the filling is really the hardest part of this recipe.   Ingredients 1kg ricotta 200g whipped cream 140g caster sugar 70g candied fruit, diced 50g dark chocolate, chopped 600g panettone, cut into 2 round discs and the rest lengthways, approximately 2.5 cm thick 200g pistachio kernels 200-300ml strong black coffee, sweetened with sugar cocoa powder, for dusting icing sugar, for dusting   Instructions 1. Line a deep bowl, approximately 15cm in diameter, with clingwrap ensuring all parts are covered and allowing excess over the sides. 2. Place the ricotta into …

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients 380g dark or white chocolate (good quality) 100g candied orange, diced 12 red glace cherries, diced 75g pistachios, chopped 100g candied figs, diced Optional chilli powder or ginger powder pearl sugar   Instructions 1. Line a sandwich loaf tray with baking paper. 2. Melt the chocolate 3. If using chilli or ginger powder, mix it through 4. In the bottom of the tin spread half of the following ingredients: candied oranges, glace cherries, pistachios, candied figs and pearl sugar 5. Pour the chocolate on top. Spread the other half of the ingredients on top of the chocolate 6. Shake and tap the tin to make sure everything will set in the chocolate 7. Place in the fridge until cool 8. Remove from the tin and slice on an angle.  

All purpose chocolate cake recipe

All purpose chocolate cake recipe

This is the ultimate easy chocolate cake recipe. Rich, gooey and delicious it’s also amazingly vegan and dirt cheap to make. This is a knock together, fail safe recipe that you can glam up or just whip together for a Sunday afternoon get together. Ingredients 1 1/2 cup all-pupose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons macadamia oil 1 cup cold water 2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon apple cider Icing sugar (optional, for dusting) Yield Serves 8 Instructions 1. Heat the oven to 180°C. 2. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar and salt. Sift. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, oil , vanilla and vinegar. 3. Whisk together the wet and dry mixtures. If lumpy, whisk until smooth, or pour through a strainer into a bowl and break up the lumps as they pass through. 4. Mix again and pour into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Tap the edge of the pan against the edge of the counter to pop any air bubbles. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top springs back when pressed gently. 5. Cool before removing from the pan and dust with icing sugar if desired.

things we’re loving right now

things we're loving right now

  •  a good Mojo coffee made by the lovely Amanda at Café Portofino, New Farm … yes, I am sipping it right now as I type! •  scarves, boots and all things winter.  If only it was a little colder for a little longer in sunny old Brissie •  the fact that it’s almost the end of June and we only just finished our chocolate egg stockpile from easter.  Mmmm not so sure if that’s a good or bad thing?!  But on a positive note, it does mean we can go back to our jar of mixed nuts for a healthy snack.   • dreaming of a french holiday     • Getting our hands dirty at our new locale   What are you loving right now?