ZZAFF! Bülbora

The recipe I wrote for this episode of ZZAFF! is a classic of autumn and winter season. Pumpkin is a very popular vegetable in Ticino as in the whole of Switzerland. In Ticino pumpkin soup is traditionally cooked with rice and enriched with milk and butter. Not to make my own recipe too heavy without giving up tastiness I added bacon, which also adds crunchiness. Alternatively, you can always fry stale bread cubes, for about ten minutes in olive oil. The soup is delicious when flavored with dried herbs like thyme and rosemary. A classic to warm you up in these frosty winter evenings!

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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Taralli ‘nzogna e pepe / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Taralli ‘nzogna e pepe

In July I spent a couple of days in Naples. In July I fell in love. In love with a city that sings, that sings with the chattering of its inhabitants and with the rumbling and rattling noises of motorcycles. In love with the flowers, even the plastic ones, that adorn balconies, windows, terraces. In love with its food, which I did not miss to admire, to bite into, to savour. For this recipe for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook I bake a Neapolitan classic: the ‘nzogna and pepper tarallo. Tarallari stands are located at every corner of the street and the taralli are served warm. It is impossible to resist their call. Crispy, crunchy and tasty. Heavenly. My partner, who is Neapolitan, tried and approved my recipe. Serve them as an aperitif and conquer your hosts, I assure you they won’t be disappointed!
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Roscòn de Reyes / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Roscòn de Reyes

Today for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook a festive recipe. For once not a Christmas one but one dedicated to Epiphany instead, so you still have plenty of time to study it and find the time to bake it. For once I decided to cross cultural boundaries, flying to Spain. Roscón de Reyes is a doughnut shaped bread, made with a dough similar to panettone, which is decorated with candied fruit. This bread is prepared on the occasion of the coming of the Three Kings, on January 6th. In short, the Iberian version of the Swiss Three King Cake Bread! The dough I created is not the simplest to handle. For those who are not familiar with very rich and soft doughs I would recommend using a dough mixer. For reasons balance in the photographs but also to redistribute the Roscon to my various guinea pigs I decided to make mini portions, I think that for a larger donut 20 minutes of further baking lowering to 160 ° C will be surely necessary to bake the bread thoroughly. Try it…I bet you won’t find a softer dough!

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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Rye flour, Cranberry and Orange Zest Scones / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Scones alla farina di segale, cranberries e scorza d’arancia

Nothing’s better than an old good cup of tea and scones on these cold, cold winter mornings. For Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook I wrote this recipe thinking of lazy sundays and something rewarding to eat on a well deserved day of relax. I used the Mill’s rye flour and white AP flour. Easy to make, soft and sweet, they keep for a couple of days (though I suggest warming them up in the oven at 100°C for 8 minutes). Let’s put the kettle on!

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ZZAFF! Spampezie

For this month’s installment of ZZAFF! I chose a traditional Christmas recipe. Spampezie biscuits are a typical Christmas treat filled with a mixture of nuts, grated bread, spices, grappa, sugar and honey which are only produced in some Leventina villages. They keep for very long periods and it is said that the families used to send them overseas to their emigrated children. Spampezie are produced only in Faido, Prato, Dalpe, Osco, Chiggiogna or in other municipalities of the lower valley such as Bodio, Personico and Pollegio. Some say that Osco is the homeland of spampezie.
Typically the cookies are pressed into wood shapes that have different shapes. Carved figures recall festivities or represent the coat of arms of a family. The basic preparation method has remained virtually untouched until today: however, everyone has his personal recipe, which is unlikely to be revealed.
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Udon / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Udon

Today for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook we take a trip to Japan. I have tried before to make Udon from scratch but always had problems. This time around I added a little arrowroot to Maroggia’s Mill flour and the result was perfect! Udon is a very thick kind of pasta very popular in Japan. It can be eaten in hot broth or cold, seasoned with vegetables, meat or fish.
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Pane Carasau / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane Carasau

Carasau bread is a typical Sardinian bread, originally from Barbagia and spread throughout Sardinia, also known as the music paper. The Sardinian term comes from the word carasare, which means to toast. During the carasadura the bread is placed in the oven for the final baking which makes the bread crisp. The second name is probably given by its characteristic crunchiness, which makes its chewing quite noisy and…musical. Carasau bread can be eaten with cured meats and cheeses as it is or briefly dipped in water to make it softer. Carasau bread is used for recipes such as pan guttiàu and pan frattau. Nowadays for the Cookbook of Maroggia’s Mill I have decided to make a version that uses a portion of wholewheat flour, which gives this bread a more intense and even slightly sweeter taste.

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ZZAFF! Polenta Uncia

Polenta uncia, which means greasy, is called so because it is a mixture of polenta, cheese and melted butter. An original dish of the province of Como it is also popular, with small varieties, in the provinces of Lecco, Bergamo and the Ticino Region too. A filling dish, ideal for warm winter evenings.
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Rye Flour Focaccia / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Focaccia alla segale

Focaccia, it simply needs no introduction. I baked many version but I still had to use Maroggia’s Mill rye flour. And here it is! Simply delicious…
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Friselle / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Friselle

Friselle, I have already baked them for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook with a wholemeal version and prepared a “Messy Spring Frisella” for “Cuochi d’artificio”. I simply adore this crunchy bread and often eat it when I do not feel like cooking, especially during the summer time. Simply soften it up with a little water (or orange juice!) and flavour them the way you like the most. Usually I do with some soft cheese like mozzarella and vegetables. In this case I added pear slices and anchovies, which I simply love! The process take some time but I assure you you won’t be disappointed.
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