After baking a Tortano last year, which turned out really good actually, the only logical next step in my Italian easter baking progression, was to attempt a Pastiera.
I read a bunch of recipes over the last week, did a big ingredients shopping and finally on the weekend, between studying and skype-writing a group project with my colleagues from uni, I baked the Napolitan easter cake, filled with cooked grain, a rich ricotta cream and candid orange and lemon zest.
It’s a rather complicated recipe and basically every nonna has her own version. My hopes weren’t that high, given that it was my first attempt, but I got a bunch of compliments from my flatmates and my friends from uni, so I guess I’ve done well. 🙂
I am really proud of it, especially as it was the first time I made it! Now I’m one step closer to obtain the official grandma-certificate 😉
For the start of Lent, we usually bake a special kind of bread in Austria: Beigerl (as I might have mentioned before 😉 ), a circular shaped bun, somehow similar to a bangle, but thinner. And of course I couldn’t … Continue reading →
I made gingerbread! For the very first time actually and I am really quite proud: I precisely followed the instructions of the recipe of my grandmother and I have to say that they turned out amazing! The whole flat smells like Christmas and the gingerbread tastes like home. ❤
Funnily gingerbread is not a known thing in Italy. Some know gingerbread men from american movies or the gingerbread house from fairytales. But most are completely oblivious to it; just like my flatmate who had no idea what I was talking about when I told her about my baking plans for the weekend and who never tasted gingerbread in her life – but when she did, her eyes widened and she said “but… it’s like christmas to eat!”
I prepared the dough on Friday evening and spent all Saturday afternoon making and baking the actual cookies. And that’s the result:
I wish you could smell my flat right now!
(another grandma-level unlocked!)