Nella Cucina: Traditional Italian Cooking from the Host of Ciao Italiaby Mary Ann Esposito, Lauren Jarrett
Mary Ann Esposito, best-selling author and host of public television's popular cooking show Ciao Italia, returns with an all-new collection of recipes and reminiscences. In Nella Cucina, America's favorite Italian cook combines cooking and customs, tradition and travel as she reinterprets the best of traditional Italian cooking for today's cooks.
Nella Cucina features 170 simple Italian recipes that rely on the freshest ingredients and a well-stocked pantry. There's everything from last-minute antipasti, pastas accompanied by a wide range of creative sauces, and hearty main courses, to homemade pizzas and breads, and of course, Italian desserts.
Author Biography: Mary Ann Esposito is the author of the best-selling Ciao Italia, Nella Cucina, and Celebrations Italian Style. She is the host of the PBS television show Ciao Italia. She lives in New Hampshire.
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- 1st ed
- Product dimensions:
- 6.43(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.09(d)
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Torta Fantasia di Cioccolato
(Chocolate Fantasy Cake)
Wondering what to do with some leftover mascarpone cheese (a sweet dessert cheese from northern Italy), a few dried out oranges, and some cold espresso coffee, I decided to make a cake. To me, it is the perfect cake dense, yet moist and needs no fancy embellishment. If wrapped well, it will remain moist for a week. It also freezes beautifully for up to 3 months. Ricotta cheese can be substituted for the mascarpone.
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup brewed espresso or other strong coffee
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons almond extract
Preheat the oven to 3500F. Grease an 8- x 2-inch round pan and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a saucepan, melt the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and add the coffee, orange juice, and cocoa, stirring well to combine. Pour the butter mixture over the flour mixture. Add the cheese, eggs, and almond extract, and beat the ingredients until the batter is smooth.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake it for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan, then carefully unmold it onto a serving plate. Serve the cake as is, or sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
Copyright ) 1993 by Mary Ann Esposito
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this is the best book ever! it was recently stolen from me and I'm now having to replace it and i love to cook italian and her reipes are easy as long as you follow the instructions.
I love this cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and the results are yummy. I especially like the recipes for the chocolate cake and the tomato tart. The author also includes some interesting high lights of her visits to Italy.