Whole Wheat Cinnamon Roll Snails

These Whole Wheat Cinnamon Roll Snails are so delicious and easy to make. They are light and fluffy and you’ll want to make them over and over again. The two step process where you let your fridge do the rising overnight makes baking less of a hassle. Just shape the rolls, let them rise an hour and bake them the next morning. Plus they stay fresh for the next couple of days. Continue reading

Laura’s Piadina

The piadina is an Italian specialty from the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to a flour tortilla it can be filled or topped with practically any cooked or fresh vegetable or cured meat such as ham and prosciutto which are typical. This unleavened flat bread can be made in no time too – just two basic ingredients! By the way my friend Laura who comes from this region gave me this recipe that has been handed down from her family for generations. Continue reading

Almond Honey Bread

This Almond Honey Bread is made with a special organic “Andina Flour” that contains wheat, spelt and quinoa flours. This combination plus honey and almond meal makes a perfect loaf with almost a brioche-like flavor and consistency. Here I used my bread machine although the same recipe could be used with the traditional method with two previous risings. Continue reading

Filled Brioche (Tang Zhong Method)

These Filled Brioche using the oriental Tang Zhong Method make the lightest and fluffiest sweet rolls ever. I put off making these rolls for a long time thinking them complicated, but nothing could be further than the truth. There’s only a tiny additional step that takes 5 minutes, that is the “water roux” which is simply a small amount of water and flour boiled together to a paste. This gel like starter is what creates the softness and also prolongs the freshness of these rolls. Well worth the extra effort! By the way this recipe lends itself to a myriad of different shapes and fillings as you’ll see in my post. Try it – and you’ll never go back to the usual method! Continue reading

Chocolate Wine Bread

This versatile chocolate wine bread has barely a hint of wine that complements the chocolate taste perfectly. In addition the chopped walnuts give this loaf a welcome crunch. These unusual flavours for a bread combine perfectly with the whole wheat and rye flours creating a loaf that goes wonderfully with cheese and also scrumptious toasted and spread with cherry or raspberry jam for breakfast. And all the work is done by your bread machine! Continue reading

Blueberry Panettone

This Blueberry Panettone is so easy to make with a bread machine. By now there are an infinite variety of panettoni on the market in Italy. This year I opted for a blueberry version which was nowhere to be found so I just went ahead and made one! The kneading and two rises were done by my bread machine after which I pulled out the dough and shaped it into two 1/2 kg. paper panettoni cases and two mini ones and then baked them in my conventional oven. I have to say it wasn’t much harder than making bread. I only had to add the (dried) blueberries and finish off with the last rising before popping them into the oven. This is not the overly sweet store bought panettone that can last weeks in your cupboard. There are no emulsifiers or preservatives here but it’s so wholesomely good that it wouldn’t last long anyway! Continue reading

Dubliner Cheese Biscuits

I got this Dubliner Cheese Biscuit recipe off the back of a package of Kerrygold Irish butter (milk from grass fed cows) when I went back home to Minnesota last November for Thanksgiving. These light and flaky biscuits were a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving table. The original version called for chopped walnuts and dried sage which I omitted here but can be added if you desire a richer version. Any mild and firm cheddar can be used too. Here in Italy I used a medium aged Pecorino cheese which worked well. If there are any left over the next day these biscuits are great for breakfast too, toasted and spread with any good jam. Continue reading

Dukkah Seed Dip

Dukkah Seed Dip is a mix of ground seeds, nuts and spices. It’s a delicious and healthy way to accompany any kind of bread by dipping it first into a good extra virgin olive oil and then into the seed mixture. The toasted aroma of this mixture is unbelievably fragrant. It can also be used to sprinkle on salads and soups to give added flavor. Continue reading

Dolphin Rolls

Looking for another original shape for your dinner rolls? Here’s a creative way to use my Easy Dinner Roll recipe. A few snips here and there, a clove or peppercorn for the eye and there you have it: a leaping dolphin! I got this idea from a local bakery that recently made rolls called “pesciolini” (meaning “little fish”) – only an oval roll with a vaguely tail fin shape on one end. My daughter suggested: Why don’t you try making dolphin shapes? And that’s just what I did! Continue reading