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Bioinfocast 2013-14

Ricette in inglese con farina di neccio

HORS-D'OEUVRES

CHEESE CANAPES

Tartine al formaggio

 

For 4 persons.

 

Ingredients :

 

100g wheat  flour, 100g chestnut flour, 100 g  Parmesan cheese, 100 g butter, 1 egg , 50 g cream,

150 g Emmenthal cheese, salt and pepper.

 

Mix the two flours and  the Parmesan cheese together,  add  the melted butter ( not hot ) , the  cream and  the beaten egg  a little at a time , add salt and pepper too.

Make rapidly a dough with your hands, knead and give it an even consistency.

Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut out circles about 6 centimeters in diameter, put them on a lightly buttered baking tin. Strew them with grated Emmenthal cheese in flakes.

Bake in the oven to 200° C, until they become a golden biscuit colour.

At this point arrange on a plate and serve.

 

 

CHEESE LITTLE BAGS

Sacchettini al formaggio

 

Ingredients:

 

60 g chestnut flour, 80 g wheat flour, 3, 5 dl milk, 2 eggs, butter, 400 g  béchamel sauce, 200 g ricotta cheese, nutmeg, 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, oil, salt and pepper.

 

Preparation:

 

Beat the eggs in a bowl, add the two sieved flours, 1 tbsp melted butter, stir well and dissolve with 2, 5 dl of milk. Cover it with a clean linen and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Butter a non-stick frying pan and drop in  a little ladleful of batter. It should spread  over the bottom of the pan as far as possible  to obtain a thin layer  . When  it has cooked on one side , turn it over and cook on the other side. Carry on the same way until the batter has been used up.

Put half of the béchamel sauce in a bowl, add 1 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp of sieved ricotta cheese.

Spread the mixture on each pancake , then close them  with a blade of spring onion grass as if they were little bags; arrange the little bags on a buttered baking tin . Combine the remaining béchamel sauce with the remaining milk, flavour  with pepper, nutmeg and the remaining grated Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle the little bags with the sauce and cook in a hot oven at 200 °C for 20 minutes.

 

 

FIRST COURSES

 

Genoese Chestnut  Fusilli.

Trofie di Castagne alla genovese For 4 persons.

 

Ingredients:

 

100g hard wheat flour, 200 g chestnut flour, 200 g potatoes, milk as necessary, 1 egg, "pesto" or  ragout, corn flour as necessary, salt and pepper.

 

Boil and sieve the potatoes.

Put the purée into a bowl and mix the chestnut flour, the  beaten egg , a pinch of salt and pepper  and enough milk to obtain a smooth and thick dough . At this point divide it up into  little pieces, each about the size of a large pea. Roll these pieces between your hands to make little sticks and then wind these round a knitting needle in a spiral to give them a fusilli shape.

 

Cook in plenty of salted water . Drain well and dress witn pesto or with a good hot ragout and serve.

 

CHESTNUT FLOUR FUSILLI

Trofiette di farina di castagne

 

Ingredients:

 

300g chestnut flour, 300 g  wheat flour, 1 egg, a cup of  "pesto" combined with some curd ,  200 g grean beans, salt and water as necessary.

 

Mix the two sieved flours together, add a pinch of salt and enough water to obtain a dough of a medium consistency. Knead well and divide it up into little pieces each about the size of a large pea. Roll these pieces between your hands , make little sticks with a spiral shape.

Cook in plenty of moderately salted water.  Drain them, dress with hot grean beans, "pesto" and curd.

 

 

Carnic Chestnut Ravioli

Ravioli di castagne alla Carnica For 4 persons.

 

Ingredients:

For the pasta:

150 g chestnut flour,150 g  wheat flour , 1 tbsp oil, 1 egg, milk as necessary,salt.

 

For the filling:

 

1 little piece of onion, 1 garlic clove, 200 g spinach, 150 g fresh ricotta cheese, 1- 2 tbsp butter, salt and pepper.

 

For the dressing:

 

200 g butter, 40 g "malga" cheese (shepherd's hut  in the Alp).

 

Make the dough combining all the pasta ingredients . Knead it well  until the pasta dough is of an elastic consistency .

Mince onion and garlic rather finely , brown them in boiling butter then add  boiled and minced spinach . Let the spinach absorb the flavours; combine it with ricotta cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper and stir from time to time to obtain an even mixture.

Roll out a thin layer of pasta dough, 1,5 mm thick. Place small heaps of the filling mixture on the dough in a line. Fold a strip of dough over the top and press it down well round the sides of the filling. Now cut out the ravioli  with a pastry wheel in semicircular shapes, 6 cm in diameter.

Boil in salted water,drain well , add very hot butter and grated cheese.

 

Autumn Mountain "Polenta" 

Polenta montanara d’autunno

Ingredients   for 4-6 persons :

 

200 g  thin corn flour, 100 g coarse corn flour, 100 g chestnut flour, 1 table spoon of milk cream,4-6  little ladles of meat ragout, 4-6 tea spoons of grated Parmesan  cheese, salt and pepper.

 

 

Combine the two corn flours. Add the chestnut flour , salt and pepper. Put 1 litre lightly salted water  to heat; bring it to the boil . Pour in the sieved  flours.  Cook and stir all the time as for a normal polenta. If necessary add hot water in order to obtain a blended and smooth mixture. Dress it rapidly with butter and keep on stirring ;  pour it in little bowls and dress with hot meat ragout.  Strew on top with pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. 

"TORTELLI"

For 6 persons

Ingredients:

 

250 g chestnut flour, 75 g butter, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 pkt castor sugar with vanilla flavour, 5 eggs, 1 lemon, 400 g peanut oil,salt and cinnamon.

 

Bring a quarter of a litre of water to the boil, add butter. Then take the pan out of the heat, pour in the sieved flour and stir quikly to obtain a smooth batter and allow to rest.  When the batter is cold , add eggs, one at a time, sugar, grated lemon zest. Heat the oil up, not too much,  make little fritters by frying tablespoonfuls of mixture in the oil  in a frying pan . Let them swell and become a golden colour. Arrange on a serving plate and dust with icing sugar and cinnamon.

 

CHESTNUT "MALTAGLIATI"

Maltagliati di farina di castagne

 

Ingredients for 4 persons

 

Preparation time: 1 hour

 

For the pasta:

150 g chestnut flour, 150 g wheat flour, 2 eggs, salt.

 

For the sauce:

200 g porcini mushrooms, 200 g pumpkin pulp, 1 shallot, parsley, 1 dl extra-virgin oil, 1 little ladle of stock meat, salt and pepper.

 

1) Put the two kinds of flour, mixed together, on a pastry board ,  put the two eggs and a pinch of salt in the middle. Work it all together with your hands until the dough is soft and elastic. Wrap it in a piece of transparent film and let it rest for almost 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out and cut it into strips about 2 cm wide and 5 cm long.

Place them on the floured pastry board and let them dry.

 

2) for the sauce:

Wash and cut the pumpkin into little pieces. Clean and quickly wash the mushrooms with cold water, wipe them with a clean linen and slice them.

 

3) Brown the minced onion  in a non-stick frying pan with 3 tbsp oil, add pumpkin and make it brown , continue stirring with a wood spoon , let it flavour with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour in the meat stock and let it cook  on a moderate heat for about 10-15 minutes.

 

4) Heat up the remaining oil in a pan, add mushrooms and brown them for 2-3 minutes,flavour with a pinch of salt and pepper ,combine with the pumpkin and strew with washed and minced parsley.

 

5)Meanwhile cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water. Drain  when cooked not quite soft ("al dente") and serve with the hot porcini and pumpkin sauce.

CHESTNUT GNOCCHI

Gnocchi di castagne

 

Ingredients:

 

350 g chestnut flour, 200 g wheat flour, 1 egg, 1 cup of "pesto", water and salt as necessary.

 

Mix together the two sieved flours, add 1 lightly  beaten egg and a pinch of salt.  Make the dough using enough water to give it a soft but solid consistency, cover  and let it rest for some minutes.

Make little roll shapes out of the dough, cut these up  into little pieces of about 1 cm and a half in diameter.

Dust with flour and let them rest. Very carefully  make a small indentation in each one with your thumb to obtain  shell shaped pieces. Cook them in plenty of salted water, strain  and dress with "pesto".

 

 

Chestnut little lasagnas with trout and whipped asparagus dressed with ricotta cheese

Lasagnette di castagne con trota e asparagi mantecati alla ricotta

 

Ingredients for 4 persons:

 

2 trout fillets, 160 g already cooked spelt, 120 g asparagus, 160 g  chestnuts and aggs pasta, 120 g ricotta cheese,  fish soup as necessary, olive oil, white wine, white pepper, salt , parsley, red pepper,  hot paprika, butter, garlic.

 

Preparation:

 

1) Make the pasta , cut it into parsley shape sheets.

2) Clean and cut  the trout into little cubes.

3) Prepare the stuffing:

brown a garlic clove with oil and butter. Brown the red pepper, the trout and  the asparagus after.  Pour in the white wine and let it evaporate. Add salt and pepper, paprika, minced parsley and spelt. Pour in the fish soup and the ricotta cheese.

4) Boil the pasta . Arrange one layer of pasta on a plate, put some stuffing on top and cover with other pasta. Carry on the same way until the stuffing has been used up .

Then dust with parsley , pepper and garnish with red pepper.

 

 

LEVANTINE THIN NOODLES

Taglierini Levantini

 

Ingredients:

 

300 g chestnut flour, 300 g wheat flour,1 cup meat ragout, 1 glass dry white wine, milk, water, grated Parmesan cheese, salt.

 

Mix the two sieved flours on a pastry board  and put  wine, water as necessary and a pinch of salt in the middle. Work it all together with your hands to make a rather firm , well mixed dough. Cover it with a clean linen and let it rest for 10 minutes. Roll it out with the rolling pin into a thin layer. Dust it with some wheat flour , roll it up on itself and cut it into fine sticks. Boil this pasta in plenty of boiling milk,  drain it well and dress with the meat ragout and grated Parmesan cheese.

 

 

BROAD BEANS AND CARDOOM THISTLE CREAM

Crema con fave e cardi

 

For 4 persons

 

Ingredients:

 

150 g  dry and skinned broad beans, 120 g chestnut flour, 2 bay leaves ,  celery, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 200 g clean thisle,  wheat flour, 2 garlic cloves, 1/ 2 lemon, meat stock, butter, croutons, salt.

 

Boil the broad beans ( shortly drenched ) in pure water with bay leaves and minced carrots, celery and onion.  Let them cook for three  quarters of an hour; sieve them and pour into a casserole with the chestnut flour.

 

Separately, boil the thistle in salted water with 2  slices of lemon ; cut them into little cubes, flour and brown them in the butter with minced onion. When finished , add  this mixture to the chestnut and bean cream, add enough  stock, heat up and serve with toasted croutons.

 

CHESTNUT LITTLE BUNDLE  WITH  PILAF RICE AND WILD BOAR RAGOUT

Fagottino di castagne con Riso Pilaw e Ragout di Cinghiale

 

Ingredients for 4 persons

 

For the pancakes:

200 g milk, 50 g wheat flour, 50 g chestnut flour, 2 eggs, salt and pepper, 20 g melted butter.

 

For the ragout:

 

Pickle the wild boar meat for 24 hours with  red wine, onion, celery, carrot, bay leave, pepper corns,  juniper berries, salt and pepper.

 

Make the pancakes and let them cool.  Make the ragout by mincing and browning all the pickle vegetables in a little olive oil. Add the minced meat and the pickle wine at the end.  Let it cook for 30 minutes.

Prepare 200 g of pilaf rice , put it on the pancakes and close them with a boiled blade of spring onion grass or leek. Heat them up in the oven , then arrange on a serving plate and drop some tablespoonfuls of ragout on the top of each pancake.

 

CAPUCHIN SOUP

Minestra Capuccina

 

Ingredients  For 4 persons.

 

150 g pearly-barley, 100g bacon , 2  tbsp oil, 1 onion, 1garlic clove, 2 carrots, 120g chestnut flour, 1 litre and 1/4  meat stock, 2 tbsp grated  pecorino cheese, salt and pepper.

 

Mince and brown the bacon with oil in a casserole, at this point add  carrots and onion flakes.

Let them brown for some minutes , then pour in the meat stock. Make it boil and add the barley.

Cover and cook  for 1 hour. Pour in the chestnut flour with salt; stir and keep on cooking but let it not reduce.

If that happens, add some hot water or stock. When it has finished cooking,  strew on top with pepper and grated cheese then serve.

 

STEWED WILD BOAR  WITH POLENTA

Cinghiale stufato con polentina

 

Ingredients:

 

800 g wild boar meat, 500 g chestnut flour, 200 g celery,  200 g carrots , 200 g onions, 300 g spring onions, 400 g chestnut, 10 ripe tomatoes,  200 g vegetable marrows, 200 dl oil, salt, pepper, 3 juniper berries, 2 bay leaves, 200 g potatoes,  rosemary, parsley, red wine, 200 g corn flour.

 

Preparation:

 

Put  meat into a rondoux with oil and a fine merepoix sauce;  mince everything , including the flavours and let all brown. Then dissolve with some red wine, add  some minced tomatoes, salt , pepper , water and make it cook .

Meanwhile prepare the decorations:

wash and boil  marrows, carrots and potatoes; cut the tomatoes into little roses.

Soften the spring onions, boil the chestnuts in salted water.

Take some sauce ,combine with  spring onions and chestnuts.

Arrange on individual plates  with some polenta and serve.

 

"MISTOCCHE"

 

Ingredients:

 

Chestnut flour and water as necessary.

 

Mix flour and water to obtain a  medium consistency dough. Cut it into little loaves, roll them up to make little sticks (mistocche) and roast in a very hot oven

FISH SECOND COURSES

 

Sea - Rock Perch with chestnut sauce.

Pesce perscico con salsa di castagne

for 4-6 persons

Ingredients:

 

1 sea-rock perch of 2 Kg, 4 garlic cloves, parsley, 1/2 glassful extra-virgin olive oil, 100 g chestnut flour, 1 glassful milk, salt and pepper.

 

Wash, scale and take out viscera from the fish. Rub it inside and outside with salt and pepper. Spread  the abdominal cavity with minced garlic and parsley.

 

Oil the fish ,wrap it in an aluminium rectangle paper  and cook it in the oven for 45 minutes . Dissolve the chestnut  flour with water and milk, add salt, pepper and  1 tbsp oil. Heat up the mixture until it has reduced to a fluid cream . Use this cream to dress the fish pieces that should have been  arranged on individual plates, and serve .

 

PADDLE FISH WITH EASTERN SAUCE

Pesce spatola in salsa orientale

 

For 4 persons

 

Ingredients:

 

1 kg paddle fish , 1/2 glassful olive oil, 2 big onions, 200 g chestnut flour, 2 lemons, some butter, salt and pepper.

 

Clean the fish. Take its head , tail and viscera off, cut it into pieces (about 16 cm each) and take their

fish-bone off. Divide each piece of fish into two parts. Oil them , put them in a oiled baking tin and roast in a pre-heated oven to 200°C for 15 minutes.

Mince and fry the onions in a little butter, then strew them on the fish pieces. Dissolve the chestnut flour with the lemons juice and the same quantity of water in order to obtain a  mixture of a cream consistency. Drop it on the onions  and cook in oven at 170°C for 15 minutes.

 

 

FISH LITTLE ROLLS FROM LEBANON

Rotolini di pesce alla Libanese

 

For 4 persons

 

Ingredients:

 

300 g chestnut flour, 3 tbsp oil, 3 eggs, 600 g  whiting , 1 leek, 2 bay leaves,  1 clove, 2 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp pine-seed, 1/2 onion, 1 tbsp butter, salt and pepper.

 

Prepare a batter with chestnut flour,  the egg yolks, oil, some milk and a pinch of salt. Let it rest for 2 hours . Then combine with the egg whites and fry 2  batter tablespoonfuls  in a buttered  non-stick frying pan . Use  a  table spoon to spread the batter over the bottom of the pan to obtain  large and very thin pancakes.

When they are cooked place them aside, one on  top of the other and let them rest..

Meanwile, boil the fish with leek, bay leaves and clove; drain well and  bone it, at this point  brown the fish with minced onion and butter. Using a wood spoon  crumble it, add raisins , pine seeds and  pepper . Then spread the pancakes with this mixture.  Roll them up , place them in a baking tin and roast in very hot oven.

 

DESSERTS

 

 

The chestnut in drops

La Castagna a Goccia

For the sponge cake:

4 eggs, 100 g wheat flour, 60 g chestnut flour,1/2 pkt baking powder, 100 g sugar.

 

For the cream:

350 cl milk,3 eggs, 100 g sugar, 35 g wheat flour, orange zest.

For the syrup:

Orange juice, cognac as necessary, 1 clove, water as necessary, cinnamon,100 g sugar.

 

Sponge cake preparation:

 

Whip the eggs with sugar to obtain  a  light and frothy mixture. Combine carefully the two sieved flours with the baking powder. Bake the mixture in a pre-heated  oven to 180° C for 5-10 minutes, it will be very soft.

 

Cream  preparation:

 

Make a batter with 3 egg yolks , 2 egg whites  and the other ingredients. Take the milk to the boil with the orange zest, take out of the heat and add the previously done batter, bring again to the boil. At this point the cream is ready.

 

Syrup preparation:

 

Bring  all the ingredients to the boil in a copper pot.

 

Divide the sponge cake into two parts, moist them with the syrup, fill with the cream. Place on a plate and serve with an orange flavoured  English cream and with  minced dry chestnuts.

 

CHESTNUT MOUSSE

Mousse di castagne

 

Ingredients for each coupelle:

 

100 g castor sugar, 100 wheat flour, 100 g butter, 100 g white of egg,  vanilla flavour as necessary.

 

Ingredients for the Mousse:

 

600 g peeled chestnuts,  100 g dark coating chocolate, 100 g butter, 150 g castor sugar, half a glassful of milk,  half  a glassful of liqueur, some walnut kernels to garnish.

 

Preparation of the coupelles:

 

Soften the butter; add castor sugar, vanilla flavour and the white of eggs a little at a time; pour in the flour and make a soft dough; cover  the base of a buttered baking tin with the dough;  cook in the oven at 200 °C until the edges become of a  golden biscuit colour;  while the dough is still soft, cut  it into round shapes by using an upside-down glass.

 

Preparation of  the Mousse:

Boil the chestnuts , peel and rub them through a "passetout". Using a "bain-marie", melt the chocolate together with butter and sugar and dissolve everything with milk; pour the chestnut purée into a bowl, add the melted ingredients and moist with some milk and liqueur,  if necessary. Pour the batter into the coupelles, garnish with  walnut kernels.

 

RECIPES FROM GARFAGNANA

WAFFELS POLENTA

Polenta di Neccio

 

Bring  1,5 litre of lightly salted water to the boil on the stove , preferabily using a cauldron , pour in  1 kg of sieved chestnut flour, stirring all the time with a wood spoon to avoid clumps forming. Continue cooking over a low heat for  about 45 minutes. The polenta is done when it comes away in a mass from the sides of the casserolle, at this stage tip it out on to a wooden board and cut it into slices .

 

This kind of polenta can be served with

 

1) Pork bones:

 

Ask to your trusty  butcher  about 1 kg for person  of pork bones obtained from steaks, breast and  little trotters. All these bones shoud be fleshy enough. Pickle them for some hours with rosemary  leaves, a pinch  of cinnamon and pepper .

Then take out the bones and dust them with salt . Arrange the bones in layers at the bottom of a large bowl, dust each layer with plenty of salt . Let them rest for 10 days in a fresh and dry place. After 10 days wash the bones with running water and cook them in plenty of water. When cooked, serve with  hot polenta.

 

2) "BIROLDO" ( Kind of salame made with  blood), bacon and sausage, everything fried with vinegar.

Ingredients for 6 persons:

 

200 g  bacon about 3mm thick ,  300g biroldo cut into slices,  3mm thick , 400g sausage cut into little cubes.

 

Fry each kind of meat in separate pans, use some oil only to fry the biroldo. When they are brown enough, pour them in a large pan and add 1 glass of vinegar. Let the liquid reduce, then take out of the heat , cover with a lid and let soften for 1 minute. Serve very hot.

 

CHESTNUT CAKE

Castagnaccio

 

Ingredients for 4 persons:

 

400 g neccio flour ( chestnut flour), 500g water, 30 g  minced walnuts kernels, orange zest in pieces, only the outside orange part, rosemary, oil, salt.

 

Make a dough with flour, water and salt. Knead it well . Place a  dough layer ( 1,5 cm thick ), in a baking tin, moist its surface with some oil, dust it with walnuts, pieces of rosemary and the orange zest.  Cook in the oven at 200°C for 40 minutes.

 

 

"NECCIO MANTOVANA " WITH YOGURT

Mantovana di neccio con yogurt.

 

Ingredients:

 

150 g neccio flour (chestnut flour), 6 eggs, 200 g margarine, 300 g sugar, 150 wheat flour , 30 g  cocoa.

Whip 6 egg yalks together with  margarine  and 250 g of sugar.  Separately whip the egg whites with 50 g of sugar. Sieve the two flours and combine with the two previously done doughs and cocoa. Butter and flour two baking tins measuring 25 cm in diametre, pour in the mixture and cook in the oven at 160 °C for 45 minutes. When cooked, let them rest for 2-3 hours, then cut them  across. Dissolve some  rum with water and sugar, then use this mixture to soak the cake parts. Fill them with the yogurt cream.

 

For the yogurt cream:

 

100 whipped milk cream, 100 g sugar, 100 g ricotta cheese, 200 g light yogurt.

Combine gently all the ingredients, fill the Mantovana neccio cake  and garnish as you want.

 

"LA PATTONA " ( Chestnut flour cake )

 

Sieve 1 kg of neccio flour (chestnut flour), add some wine, some peeled and sliced apples, 100g minced walnuts,100g minced hazel-nuts, 100 g  pine seeds, 200 g  raisin  that should  have been soaked in wine for 1 hour, minced orange zest. Make a dough with all the ingredients and knead it well. Prepare some little dought balls and place them into little bags made from  weaved chestnut leaves. Roast in oven at 180°C for about  30 minutes.

 

 

"MANAFREGOLI"

 

Bring  water to the boil, pour in the sieved neccio flour (chestnut flour) and try to obtain a soft cream, even containing some little balls of not dissolved flour. Let it boil for 30 minutes, then serve in hot plates with milk or fresh milk cream on the top.

 

 

NECCIO FRITTERS (Chestnut fritters)

Frittelle di neccio

 

Ingredients:

 

500 g neccio flour, 1 litre of water, 1 pinch of salt.

 

Beat  all the ingredients to obtain a soft batter. Let it rest for 1 hour.  Put seeds oil or lard in a frying pan. Make little fritters by frying tablespoonfuls of the batter in the oil, which should be very hot, but not boiling. Serve them hot  with ricotta cheese.

 

"NECCI"

 

Make a batter with the chestnut flour as for the chestnut fritters but  thicker. Heat up two  "testi" ( moulds of the same depth and width as a plate) , pour  2-3 tablespoonfuls of batter in one of them, then cover it with the second testo. Press them using a piece of wood in order to spread well the inside mixture.Make this operation during 1-2 minutes,  meanwhile turn the testi upside down at least twice. When the neccio is cooked, roll it up and fill it with ricotta cheese.

 

 

CREAM-PUFFS

Bomboloni

 

Seave 500 g neccio flour (chestnut flour) and 500 g  wheat flour together, add 2 eggs, 2 pkt baking powder, 2 tbsp seeds oil,  2 tbsp sugar, grated orange zest, 1 pinch of salt. Make a dough with all the ingredients, knead it well and let it rise.

Roll it out , cut it into round shapes , you can use a glass  for this operation, then fry them in plenty of hot oil. Dust with sugar and serve hot .

 

CHESTNUT FLOUR PUDDING

Budino di farina di neccio.

 

Using a bain-marie (water bath) , melt 50 g bitter chocolate in one and a half glassfuls of milk, flavoured with an orange  grated zest.  Allow to cool, and in the meantime mix 200 g of chestnut flour with one and a half glassfuls of milk. Add 3 beaten  yolks of egg , a pinch of salt , 100 g sugar , the melted chocolate cream and the stiffly-beaten whites of egg , add them carefully into the rest of the mixture.

Butter a pudding basin, dust it with sugar and pour in the mixture. Put the basin in a container of very hot water and bake in the oven, pre-heated to 180°C. The pudding is done when it is firm and when a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out dry.

 

CHESTNUT AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

Torta di castagne al cioccolato:

 

Make a dough with 500g of chestnut flour , 1/2 litre of milk, 150 g  chocolate powder , 50 g wheat flour, 50 g sugar  and 10 g  sodium - bicarbonate. Combine well all the ingredients, pour in a buttered baking tin and bake.

 

 

SWEET CHESTNUT FLOUR CREAM

Crema dolce di farina di castagne

 

Brown some chestnut flour in plenty of butter. When it is of a golden biscuit colour , dissolve it with some milk, to obtain a soft cream.

 

 

"PIZZOCCHERI"

 

Ingredients for 4 persons:

300g wheat flour, 150 chestnut flour, 1  egg yolk , 400 g white  curly savoy  ( in winter time ) or beetroot ( in summer time ), 200 g potatoes,100 g butter, 200 g fontina cheese, 2 garlic cloves, 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, salt.

 

Sieve the two flours on the  pastry board, add  1 egg yolk and some water in the middle, to obtain a soft dough. Roll it out , twice thicker than  the normal pasta dough, and cut it into strips about 10 cm long. Bring  to the boil plenty of salted water. Take the central parts off  the cabbage, cut it into pieces,  peel the potatoes and cut them into pieces too. Pour the cut vegetables into the boiling water and add the pizzoccheri. Cook until they are nearly soft ( al dente). Meantime slice the fontina cheese thinly.  Brown the butter in a pan with a garlic clove. Take out the garlic , drain well the pizzoccheri and the vegetables. Place pizzoccheri and vegetables in layers on a serving plate, dust each layer with sliced  and grated cheese and drop some butter on the top. Serve very hot.

 

CHESTNUT TORTELLI

Tortelli di farina di neccio

 

Ingredients:

 

For the pasta:

 

300 g wheat flour, 2 eggs, water and salt.

 

For the filling:

 

300 chestnut flour, 1/4 litre of milk.

 

For the dressing:

50 g butter, 50 g ricotta cheese, 3-4 peeled walnuts.

 

Make a dough with the flour, eggs, water and salt. Roll it out and cut it into strips about 15 cm wide and 30 cm long.

Dissolve the chestnut flour with some water and use this mixture to make some little balls. Line these balls on the strips, fold the dough over  the top and cut out square shaped ravioli. Seal them well  to avoid the filling to come out during the cooking time. Bring plenty of salted water to the boil and cook the ravioli for 15 minutes, drain them well and dress with  sheep ricotta cheese combined with some butter, a pinch of salt and the minced peeled  walnuts.

 

 

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