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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 …

Last minute chocolate spiders

Last minute chocolate spiders

Picture this. It’s 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and you’ve just got a phone call. Your friends are having an impromptu BBQ at 6pm and because you always bring the sweets they’ve asked you to bring something for dessert. The problem is you are currently watching Real Housewives of Beverley Hills and really don’t want to hang out in the kitchen for the next two hours. Solution? Super simple chocolate spiders! Ingredients 1 packet of original fried noodles (from the Asian aisle in your supermarket) 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter or Gianduja 200grams Belgian dark chocolate 1. Microwave dark chocolate and peanut butter or Gianduja in a microwave safe bowl for about 60 seconds on high. If not melted, then microwave again in 5 second intervals. 2. Mix well until it is a smooth paste. 3. Add noodles and coat them well. 4. Spoon the mixture onto a grease-proof paper, or into individual paper patty pans. 5. Place in refrigerator until set. This recipe will make about 15-20 chocolate spiders, the perfect amount for a BBQ with friends!

la vie en lavande

la vie en lavande

  Is there anything more Provençale than a cup of tea, the aroma of lavender wafting through the kitchen and perhaps a little Edith Piaf background music?  Possibly not, but that’s about as French as I get.  Unless you count my trusty pink Le Pliage bag and an expired passport which proudly boasts a French customs stamp when I visited circa 1996.  And whilst I have been dreaming of a week or two wandering through Parisian markets, galleries and eating at a local boulangerie and sipping wine at a bistro for almost two years now, it is my freshly baked lavender and almond biscotti and earl grey tea which allows me to continue to dream la vie en rose.   Follow my recipe here.      

food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

  I have been waiting so long to tell you about this piece of news …   The news that we have a wonderful wordsmith/photographer/stylist hosting a food styling and photography workshop in our Locale store!   Food styling and photography has been a quiet little passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  It was something that I put aside for a long time, when I was knocked back from art college with a “we don’t have enough places this time however we think you have potential and encourage you to keep building up your portfolio and apply again next year.”  That was followed by a casual job that quickly became a 20+ year corporate career and my passion for photography fell to the wayside.  Life got busy, I never got around to buying myself a camera and I became focussed on work.  However I never stopped devouring cookbooks, foodie magazines and the likes.  Not for the recipes, not for the cooking inspiration but purely for the photographs.  So I guess it was a passion of mine that never disappeared.  Then long story short, I left my career to focus on Kitchen Angel, which then developed into a coffee-shop-come-baking-store and I started to dip my toe into the styling/photography world.  And you know what?  I’ve never had so much fun.  I’m falling in love with light, shadows, composition, colours & props.  And every photo I take gets just that little bit better.          Then during our italian summer last year, I discovered a wonderful blogger, Sally May Mills, who also happened to be documenting her travels through Sicily through …