Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Cast Iron Pot Buckwheat Bread / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane in pentola con grano saraceno

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There are days blessed with perfect recipes, during which experiments in the kitchen exceed all expectations. Those are the best days. The bread recipe I am sharing with you today in Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook is the result of one of these magical days. Baking bread in a cast iron pot is one of of my favourite techniques, one that never disappoints me and I always recommend to all baking fanatics.
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Cast Iron Pot Wheat and Whole Rye Bread / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane in pentola al frumento e segale rotta

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Yet another Friday and yet another loaf. There will be changes in the blog and in Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook in general. As you know I embarked this new path of macrobiotic diet in order to solce a health problem, and have no other choice, for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook, to focus more on the bread (especially ones made with wholemeal flours which are more suitable for the regime that I must follow). I won’t do any biscuits, cakes nor dessert recipes, at least not for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook as I don’t really think macrobiotic sweets and desserts fit into such column, because they have too many banned ingredients and even though I am allowed to have a little taste of banned foods better not risk to fall into unnecessary temptations. I have in mind a new project, which I will talk about later on. In short from now on, concerning Maroggia’s Mill cookbook, I will publish only bread, breadsticks and crackers recipes. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Cuochi d’artificio: Sweet Winter Bread, baked in a pot / Cuochi d’artificio: Pane invernale dolce cotto in pentola

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Christmas is just around the corner and this month’s episode of Cuochi d’artificio I was asked to bake a recipe for bread that could be baked in a pot. There are plenty of iron cast pot bread recipes out there and I myself have already developed a few recipes. This time around I thought about using the Winter festive time as a pretext to devise a sweet bread recipe, a kind of bread that personally I have never seen on the web. For the spice blend I was inspired by two loaves of German culinary tradition, the Breslau Stollen and the Hutzelbrot. I took some ingredients from each recipe and came up with this soft loaf, which looks a little like a very primitive panettone but is enriched with cinnamon, cardamom, almonds, plums, figs and dates instead of raisins and candied fruit as in the traditional version of panettone.

Here you will find the list of ingredients and step by step description of the recipe, and here you can see the video recipe to have a more accurate visual reference.

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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Traditional Wheat Loaf, baked in a Cast Iron Pot / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane classico di frumento cotto in pentola

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Yet another Friday and to make up for my macaron incident two weeks ago (for those who don’t know I should have posted a recipe fro Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook but messed up with the schedule) yet another recipe for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook. For today’s post I baked a simple, classic loaf. A round loaf with a crispy and fragrant crust.

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100% Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread / Pane 100% Integrale a lievitazione naturale

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This bread recipe has been developed specifically for a friend who can only eat 100% wholemeal sourdough bread. Typically whole grain bread are a little denser compared to refined wheat bread, but adding the water roux made the trick and I managed to get a nice fluffy and soft loaf. This is definitely one to try at home!
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Yogurt and Toasted Wheat Germ Bread / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane allo yogurt e germe di grano tostato

pane-germe-e-yogurt-1A few days ago I went to the Mill to collect some flour to develop new recipes and asked Alessandro if he had any new interesting products. Happens that I just arrived on a lucky day while freshly ground wheat germ was available. Wheat germ is no more than 3% of the entire grain kernel, and is generally discarded because of its more intense flavour and the presence of moisture which can reduce shelf life of the flour. A product rich in vitamins, starches, proteins and lipids, wheat germ is really good for our health. Presence of Omega 3, Omega 6, vitamins A and D, make it a very valid aid for skin, hair and helps fighting free radicals too. To best preserve all its nutritional qualities the advice is to eat it raw (in this way all its properties, especially vitamin E and B and fatty acids are kept intact) in addition to milk, yogurt or soups but without exceeding a daily dose of 50 g. Being a highly perishable product in order to keep more than a few days you can toast it lightly to remove the moisture which encourages rancidity and mould formation.

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MTChallenge May: Giant Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Licorice and Orange Toast Crumbles / MTChallenge Maggio: Penne giganti al sugo di pomodorini, liquirizia e pane tostato all’arancia

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Another month, another challenge. This month’s MTChallenge Paola Sabino from the blog Fairies’ Kitchen challenged us with a “simple” tomato sauce pasta. Nothing more difficult than an “easy” dish. The challenge lies in being able to enhance the dish in all its components, first of all of course the tomato that should not be overwhelmed by other flavours and blend well with the pasta with its creamy texture. Another considerable detail is the degree of doneness of the pasta (it is known that overcooked pasta in addition to being sticky and unpleasant to taste is difficult to digest) for which Paola specifically requested a photograph that proves the perfect “al dente” cooking. Paola also called for a brief cooking of the sauce, even though not of its individual ingredients, and forbid us the use of onion. She tied our hands a little, something I particularly like when confronted with a challenge. More limitations and more the challenge gets interesting! For my dish I chose to stick to simplicity, but with the eccentric touch which distinguishes my cooking. To enhance the natural sweetness of tomatoes I used licorice powder and orange as pairings and added a bit of crunchiness with toasted bread. The result is very fresh, with notes of orange paving the way first to the tomato, blending with the licorice at the end of the bite. To make my life easier for the photograph of the doneness of the pasta I chose giant penne, although I personally recommend to pair this sauce with linguine.

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MTChallenge February: Bread, Anise and Lemon Zest Baci / MTChallenge di Febbraio: Baci al pane, anice e scorza di limone

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What is love? This month Mtchallenge challenges us with baci, Perugina’s world famous chocolate confection and with the daunting task of opening our hearts. Difficult task, tempering chocolate as exploring the darkest recesses of our hearts. Looking back I can see how my view on love has changed, through relationships and heartbreaks. Different shades of the same colour, or so it seems. Have I yet understood what love really is or will my perspective change once again? One thing is clear, however, falling in love is to love as bran to wheat and only in trust, freedom, respect and above all sharing one can find true love. I consider myself lucky having had such a love in my love, even though it’s over now.
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A nice discovery: About Mornflake Oats and a recipe for Rye and Coarse Oat Loaf / Che bella scoperta! L’Avena Mornflake e una ricetta per il Pane alla segale e avena spezzata

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If I say oats, what do you say? Porridge! I assume, as most of us associate this ingredient with the infamous healthy breakfast. One of the most healthy but yet discriminated cereals, it’s one of the few products I have a clear memory of when going back to my childhood days. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Sourdough Surprises: Monkey Bread drove us bananas! / Sourdough Suprises: Monkey bread, il pane delle scimmie che ci ha fatto perdere la testa

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It’s the 20th and Sourdough Surprises is back. As always I am delighted to discover a new bread kind, and what bread! I must admit this has been a great hit among my new official recipe testers: Flavia (go and take a look at her work here, she’s an amazing photographer and graphic designer) and her studio buddies Daniela, Micha and Alessandro not to mention Antonio, Flavia’s boyfriend, who devoured 3 and a half out of 4 monkey bread balls she had taken home. I must admit I was quite skeptic, not being a huge fan of overly sweet things, and was a bit scared only looking at the shape and fierce fatness of this very special bread. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…