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Focaccia Barese

Focaccia Barese The focaccia is the snack for excellence of Bari. Typical of the Puglia region, there is no time of day when it is more appropriate to eat it, in fact in the city’s bakeries it is ready from the first morning and the scent it emanates spreads on the street. With a crispy edge and soft spongy centre it is unrivalled. Ingredients 200g/2 cups … Continue reading Focaccia Barese

Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese The Italian classic, this creamy, traditional recipe from the Lombardy region. The famous yellow risotto, infused with saffron and the best accompaniment of all to Ossobuco. Ingredients 400g/4 cups Arborio rice 110g/1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp saffron stamens 1 medium onion finely chopped 100ml/1/2 cup Italian dry white wine 1.2 ltrs/4 1/2 cups simmering veg/chicken stock Parmesan cheese Salt Method First steep … Continue reading Risotto alla Milanese

Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta

Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta This is more an American-Italian recipe than an Italian-American one. We came across this dish on our travels to Canada and America and fell in love with it. It is very simple to make and we love the creaminess of the dish. We like the sauce a little feisty, so we’re generous with the chilli flakes/Peperoncino. You can add as much … Continue reading Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta

Italian Lentil Soup

Italian Lentil Soup This hearty Italian lentil soup recipe is easy to make, full of goodness and with the best Italian flavours! Ingredients 400g/2 cups lentils (brown or green) rinsed 1 medium onion finely diced 2 carrots finely diced 2 stalks celery finely diced 500g/2 cups crushed tomatoes/passata 1 tbsp tomato puree 1L/4 cups stock vegetable or chicken ½ tsp thyme dried Handful fresh basil leaves 1 bay … Continue reading Italian Lentil Soup

Panettone Italian Toast

Panettone Italian Toast We have all heard of the classic French toast, well this classic has been given a Twintastico Italian Twist using Panettone. Ingredients 4 large eggs 100g/1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp mascarpone cheese 125ml/1/2 cup condensed milk 50ml/2 oz Marsala wine 1 Panettone or Pandoro, cut into 8 equal pieces 50g/1 tbsp unsalted butter Vegetable oil Cranberries Icing sugar/confectioners sugar Maple syrup Method … Continue reading Panettone Italian Toast

Alberti’s Christmas Crema

Alberti’s Christmas Crema A satisfying dessert that’s a cross between a mousse and a cheesecake filling. Quick and easy to make and a perfect ending to a great meal. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 500g ricotta 250g mascarpone 125g caster sugar 4 tbsp Marsala wine 125ml Italian espresso Coffee beans, to decorate Method Put the ricotta and mascarpone in a large bowl and whisk quickly, until smooth. … Continue reading Alberti’s Christmas Crema

Rigatoni Ragu

Rigatoni Ragu Our famous ragu sauce pairs perfectly with rigatoni. This is Alberti’s Special Sauce and will please every pasta lover again and again. Ingredients 250g/1/2 lb minced beef 250g/1/2 lb minced pork 500g/5 cups rigatoni Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1 tbsp tomato purée 250ml/1 cup Italian red wine Handful fresh basil leaves  500g/5 cups tomato passata 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped … Continue reading Rigatoni Ragu

Alberti’s White Chocolate Fudge

Alberti’s White Chocolate Fudge White chocolate fudge with pistachios and cranberries. Perfect treat for Christmas.  Easy, sweet and delicious no-bake treat. Ingredients 1 can 14oz/397g sweetened condensed milk 3 tablespoons/45g butter, unsalted  450g/18oz white chocolate  1 teaspoon vanilla extract 85g/3oz pistachios 85g/3oz dried cranberries  Pinch of salt Method Grease and line an 9-inch (22cm) square baking pan with parchment paper.  In a medium-sized saucepan, add … Continue reading Alberti’s White Chocolate Fudge

Sporcamuss – Italian Cream Filled Pastries

Sporcamuss – Italian Cream Filled Pastries A delicious flakey pastry filled with a tasty Italian cream then dusted with icing sugar. In Barese dialect, Sporcamuss actually translates to ‘dirty mouth’. The dessert is named this as it can be quite messy to eat but is absolutely delicious and is very easy to make. It is a popular dessert in Puglia and one that everyone will love. … Continue reading Sporcamuss – Italian Cream Filled Pastries

Nutella Tiramisu

Nutella Tiramisu Tiramisu meaning “pick me up” is a popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers in Italian they are Savoiardi (sponge fingers), dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cream, flavoured with cocoa powder. In our recipe we use no eggs and we have added Nutella for your pleasure 😉 Ingredients Serves 4-6 3x250g/ 3cups mascarpone cheese 350g/1 1/4 … Continue reading Nutella Tiramisu