Friday, April 29, 2011

The Food Of Italy: Sicily and Sardinia

Ciao Darlings!

We have reached the end of our Italy tour of all of the foods of each region. I still have two more posts to do regarding previous regions, but as of today, this was my last cooking class. Next week is our written final and the week after that is our practical final. Tears! Sicily and Sardenia are two big islands of Italy and our menu today is Pane Carasau and Cannoli.
My cooking professor and I

Pane Carasau:

400gr buffalo mozzarella
4 bell peppers
2 garlic cloves
4 green olives
4 black olives
4 slices pane carasa
Oil, salt, pepepr

Slice the buffalo mozzarella, and put it in a colander to drain for 20 minutes. Roast the bell pepper in the oven until soft and browned then remove the peppers from the oven, and put them in a ziplock bag for a few minutes to steam. Peel the peppers, take out the seeds, and cut the peppers into big strips. Salt them and add quite a bit of chopped rosemary, chopped garlic, and oil. Take out the seeds from the olives, and cut the olives in big pieces. Place two pieces of pane carasau on a big sheet of foil. Top it with about a third of the mozzarella, bell pepper, and olives. Place another piece of pane carasau on top, more toppings, then the last pane carasau, and the rest of the toppings. Close the edges of the dish with foil, and bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees C.

150gr flour
10gr sugar
1 egg white
2 tablespoons marsala liquor
Pinch of salt
30gr Crisco
250gr ricotta
100gr powdered sugar
30gr mini chocolate chips
Chopped pistachios
Powdered sugar

Carefully melt the Crisco in a pan over low heat, and immediately remove from heat to let cool. Place flour out on the table and make a hole in the middle for the sugar, salt, egg white, marsala liquor, and melted Crisco. Mix it all together with your hands until you've made a ball and leave to rest for an hour. Wipe the cannoli molds with crisco. Take a little piece of dough. Roll it very thin, as thin as possible and cut it in a circle. Roll the dough around the cannoli mold and make sure to close the edges very well, otherwise it'll open up when you fry it. Deep fry the cannoli forms in very hot oil. Dry them on paper towels. Take out the molds when cool. Be careful; they break easily. Mix ricotta with powdered sugar and chocolate chips (or candied fruit) until just mixed. Put it in a pastry bag and pipe the filling into the cannoli. Dip the ends into chopped pistacchios (or put a candied cherry on each end), and then sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve!
I'm off to my final destination of my weekends traveling. I'm going to the city I have dreamed about for forever: Paris! I'm extremely nervous about traveling by myself, but can't wait to explore the city :)
Eternally yours,

Photo Credit:
Katie S. blogspot 


Closet Fashionista said...

Ooo tasty!!
and Kate's dress was Alexander McQueen not Wang ;)

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Oh MY! Delicious! I love that you shared these amazing recipes on your blog! And so lucky you're going to Paris! Wish I could come with you :-) xoxoxoo

Stephanie said...

Ahh, awful mistake on my part! Thank you for pointing it out - mistake fixed!

maddy said...

Have so much fun in Paris!! I'm sure it's going to be as wonderful as you've always imagined it! Can't wait to hear all about it :

Oh to Be a Muse said...

looks like you're becoming a very great cook. hope you fun in Paris and that you enjoy the food!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

OK my mouth is watering! I could eat buffalo mozerella by the chunk...but then my nickname would become chunk probably hehe!

I wish I lived in NY just so you could cook for me upon your rteturn ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! That looks delicious. My dream is to travel to Italy some day!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ah, I am so excited to hear tha you are on your way to Paris, Stephanie! You are going to have the most fabulous (and glamorous!) time! :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oooh yummy!

Fashionistable said...

I love both these islands. The food looks yummy. Have a great time in Paris. It is a great city. Xxxx

Meggie said...

That food looks amazing!!! Enjoy Paris and Great Blog :)

Meggie from Jeans and Tee's