“Cuochi d’artificio”: Bicycle! / “Cuochi d’artificio”: La bicicletta!

Bread Paris Brest

Bicycle! Bycicle!, when Alice proposed me this theme I clearly sensed her perplexity…what would I do of it? Was it feasible, with bread? Her uncertainty was palpable and I had to think quick in order to convince her everything would be fine and not miss this opportunity. Paris-Brest, of course! One of the most famous and popular French pâtisserie classics was created in 1910 by chef Louis Durand to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race begun in 1891. It’s basically a wheel shaped choux filled with praline flavoured cream. What about a bread wheel, filled with a foie gras cream? To recreate the craquelin effect, a decorative crackly topping, I relied on the recipe for the topping for tiger bread rolls. The result? Simply stunning! Unfortunately due to ethical issues my first recipe for the filling was rejected. But since I personally find it amazing and love foie gras I decided to post it, in case you would like to try it. The recipe I cooked in the studio has more of a strong and rustic flavour, but is still very good.

Here you will find the list of ingredients needed and the directions to bake the bread and to whip up the filling (sorry it’s in Italian but I’m pretty sure google translate will be ok) and here you can find the whole episode with me explaining all the steps to bake this beauty at home. Are you ready?

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A new adventure: “Cuochi d’artificio”…my recipes on tv, starting with seduction! / Una nuova avventura: “Cuochi d’artificio”…le mie ricette in tv, partendo dalla seduzione!

brioche zafferna e cardamomo, saffron and cardamom brioche

I have been keeping a secret from you. Since August I’ve been biting my tongue out of superstition. Ok some of my closest friends knew and eventually, when drawing nearer to the first recording, I disclosed the news to some acquaintances. A new adventure has started for me since I’ve been called to collaborate with “Cuochi d’artificio” the newest cooking show on La1, the first channel of the Swiss Italian Broadcasting Corporation. On the 13th of October my first recording was aired, and to much of my surprise it went down very well even though all my friends underlined the fact I came across as quite bossy towards the tv presenter, who I say in truth I simply adore and must thank once more since without her by my side I would never have been so “relaxed”. And lets face it I was funny bossy not bossy bossy…I just hope people at home got the playful mood! Here is the link of the episode which of course is in Italian. I baked a saffron and cardamom flavoured bread to accompany a beetroot and mango gazpacho. Unfortunately due to copyrights reasons I am not able to post the recipe directly on the blog, so if you’re interested you will have to click directly on the link and use a translating tool. I’m pretty sure you won’t have any problems, the recipe is easy peasy! The bread pictured is different from the one I baked for the tv. Since the whole process was too long I had to skip the first proofing. To achieve a more brioche-like texture like the bread picture i suggest you proof the dough untile doubled in size, shape it and then go to the final proofing. To help fermentation I use a little trick putting a pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven. Moisture and heat help a lot proofing of the dough, speeding up the overall time of fermentation.

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A late Christmas treat, Gingersnap biscuits by The Garum Factory / Un dolcetto molto natalizio…po’ in ritardo! Biscotti allo zenzero e spezie di The Garum Factory

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Last Christmas I was full of good intentions. Many challenges were thrown around the web, themed especially for the festive season and in all good faith were pinned down on my calendar, looking forward to participate. Not only I forgot to bake a bread for Twelve loaves but didn’t participate to a single contest. Blame it on the panettone obsession, on the new part time job, and well…on the festive season! The only recipe that was completed, foreseeing many happy festive baking moments was candied ginger. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Requiem for a Sourdough: Whey bread and a Fendu Fail / Requiem per una pasta madre: Pane al siero di latte e il fendu fallimentare

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Sourdough is a funny creature. Sometimes it greets you with a bubbly surface and a heavenly white wine perfume, ready to start another adventure in the bread baking world, confident in a good rise and excellent flavour. Other times, when neglected , it can turn nasty and sour with a grey appereance that speaks for itself. Sourdough is alive, and as many other living creatures it’s easy to create a bond with it. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Fridge emptying skills: Satsumaimo pan japanese sweet potato bread rolls / Abilità svuotafrigo: Satsumaimo pan o anche panini giapponesi alla patata dolce

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Lately my fridge-emptying skills have been quite bad. Unable of resisting the impulse of filling it up with all sorts of fruit and vegetables I plan to cook or bake with. But then I get lost, too much blogging around, recipe searching, the occasional invite for lunch or dinner, late dinners that get resolved with a quick pasta or simple bread and cheese. Fruits and vegetables lying in the bottom drawer of the fridge, to be found just in time before they’re due to be thrown away. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Foolproof family recipes: My Aunt Luciana’s aniseed biscuits / Ricette infallibili: Le ciambelline all’anice della zia Luciana

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There are recipes that never turn out wrong. Fail safe, tested over many years by grandmothers, mothers, aunts and family friends, they never disappoint. These small wonders are the result of years of testing, a sense of balance and innate culinary mathematics learned through repetition of everyday tasks in the kitchen. Gestures coming from a time when there were no Barilla nor McVities (and therefore no concept of boycott) but mothers who would create recipes for everyday meals, holidays and special occasions. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

My tomato sauce / La mia salsa di pomodoro

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This year has brought many changes into my life. I decided to quit my job, came back where I grew up and many other things. One of those many other things is my urge for more earthly, concrete things. So came the decision to help Dad plant and sow his vegetable garden. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Knock Knock here comes Le Creuset’s Knob / Il pomello del desiderio

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A year ago, after a lot of internet browsing and actual drooling over pictures of magnificient breads, I decided to get my own Le Creuset pot. I longed for one for far too much time. Blame it on childhood memories of my mum’s orange set of pots, my natural attraction to all things nice and often too expensive, or the new colors that were issued in 2012. Who knows. I knew I needed one. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…