Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chocolate eclairs. August db challenge


For this month's challenge we have to thank Meetak and Tony Tahhan I really liked baking the eclairs and especially loved the chocolate custard . I'm writing in a hurry because I'leaving for the holidays and will hope blogger will do his job in posting ! ciao

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

TWD sourcream blueberry ice cream

I had a wonderful helper for this week's recipe : Anita decided to cook with me ! In Rome is really hot so ice cream was a great choice ! I think the recipe was easy and very good I think I'll make it again (what about trying other fruits ?) For the recipe consult the book 'Baking with Dorie' or Tuesdays with Dorie

Sunday, August 10, 2008

le polpettine di Silvia

We are very lucky to live in a building with some nice neighbours that became our friends. Few days ago Silvia had a very bad back pain so Andrea tried to relieve her with a massage. He was so good that we earned her special polpettine ! What makes them so special is that she adds to the usual ingredients ( veal, onion, parsley, salt and egg) cooked rice or millet so that the polpettine remain very very soft . The best part of it is that when she went home she found an earring that Andrea was desperately searching !

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

TWD...Black and white banana loaf

Well, I think in the last month in spite of the constant heat I've gotten "the baking disease" ... So this afternoon I couldn't wait joining the TWD group just in time to bake before tuesday midnight !
And I made it ! Actually the loaf is still cooling but it is still 7.30 pm ! I'm so bad I still don't know how to make the links .. The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan 's book "baking from my home to yours" or on Ashlee's blog A year in the kitchen and you can see the results of all the bakings checking the Tuesdays with Dorie's site.
Now I didn't taste the loaf yet but the smell is great, I didn't use bananas but nashi pears and added a bit of cinnamon to the original recipe.

Friday, August 1, 2008

banana chocolate muffins

And after the db challenge comes the "sweet and simple bake" one! Usually the recipes are very good and , as the name says, very simple, making you feel you want to repeat them over and over (in italian we say they can became "your battle horses" cavalli di battaglia) The same happened with the muffins. Thank you Rosie and Maria providing us with all these goodies.

and here is the recipe ! Enjoy !

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


3 very ripe bananas
125ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
150g dark/milk chocolate (white chocolate or butterscotch chips/morsels)

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan oven/gas mark 6 and line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin papers.

Mash the bananas and set aside for a moment.Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs.

Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix in the beaten-egg-and-oil mixture, followed by the mashed bananas.

Fold in the chocolate morsels, then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.