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Month: October 2017

Almond and Pistachio Biscotti

Almond and Pistachio Biscotti

There is something really comforting about dunking biscuits and I feel that the Italians have this down to a fine art. Not only do they dip their biscotti in coffee but also in Vin Santo, a Tuscan fortified wine. I find this rather pleasing and […]

Easy Fish Stew

Easy Fish Stew

I don’t tend to cook fish very often partly because it can be expensive and also I’m not that confident in my fish cookery skills. This stew is a really easy way to enjoy any firm white fish such as Cod, Coley and Haddock, as […]

Schiacciata

Schiacciata

This is a traditional Tuscan bread, very similar to Focaccia but easier to make as the dough is much more forgiving. It is the perfect accompaniment to Italian dishes and best enjoyed warm from the oven. Try dipping it into a fruity extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar – truly delicious!

Bon Appetito x

 

Schiacciato

 

Ingredients

  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 1 teasp fast action dried yeast
  • 1 teasp sea salt
  • ½ teasp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 250-300ml warmed water

Topping

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary

Put the flour into a large bowl and stir in the yeast, salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre and work in the oil and enough warmed water to form a soft dough.

Knead for 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise for 1-1½hours until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Gently knock back the dough, divide in half and roll each piece out to a 12 x 25cm oval. Transfer to a well floured baking tray, cover loosely and leave to rise for 30 minutes until doubled in size.

Prepare the topping. In a small bowl mix the oil with the garlic, rosemary and a little salt.

Make 4 deep slashes along each oval and drizzle over the topping. Bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.

 

Makes 2

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

We are on holiday in Devon this week enjoying some family time together and revisiting areas where my Mother-in-Law used to frequent when she lived in the area, around 30 years ago. As you are probably well aware I like to get ahead with food preparation […]