Elderflower syrup

Scented Nectar

Elderflower syrupIngredients

– 50 elderflower heads

– 2,4 kg of granulated sugar

– 2 unwaxed lemons

– 3 litres of water

– 50g of citric acidElderflower syrupFirst of all  inspect elderflowers carefully and remove unwanted guests (do not wash the flowers!). Elderflower syrupAfter that, place the lemon slices and the elderflower heads into a big bowl, large enough to accommodate 4/5 litres. Bring the water and the sugar to a boil in a large pot. Remove from heat and let cool for around 45 minutes.Elderflower syrupAdd the citric acid and pour the lukewarm liquid over the elderflowers and the lemon slices. Stir the mixture well for around 5 minutes. Elderflower syrupPlace a towel over the bowl and let the syrup stir in a cool and dark place for 3-5 days. Stir the mixture twice a day.Elderflower syrupAfter 3-5 days, take a sieve and lay a clean tea towel inside it to strain the syrup. Discard the flowers and the lemons. Pour the filtered syrup into clean glass bottles or jars. Store the syrup in the refrigerator or freezer. Elderflower syrup can be kept in the freezer since the high sugar content keeps it from freezing. Elderflower syrupServe the syrup diluted with soda (4 parts water and 1 part elderflower cordial), with white wine or Prosecco and some mint leaves.

The ideal period to pick elderflowers is May-June … and this is where I picked up mines : Elderflower syrupCanale Quarantia, Foci dell’Isonzo (Italy)

Enjoy your drink,

Anna

Pinza triestina

Bunnies from Trieste

Pinza triestinaToday I will be sharing with you a traditional Easter recipe from my city: Trieste (Italy)! The Pinza Triestina is one of my favorite Easter treats and it normally has the form of a big circular loaf with a cross in the middle. I’ve decided to prepare some small bunnies to make them wish you HAPPY EASTER from Trieste!

Ingredients

– 50g of fresh yeast

– 500g of flour

– 1 egg and 3 yolks

– 100g of butter

– 125g of sugar + 1 tsp

– 115ml of milk + 2 tbsp

– 1 tbsp of rum

– 7g of salt

– lemon zest

– 1 egg

In a small cup mix together 1 tsp of sugar, the fresh yeast and 2 tbsps of lukewarm milk. Put the flour in a large bowl, form a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture in. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rest in a warm place for around 10 minutes.Pinza triestina

In the meanwhile beat the butter, the lemon zest, the sugar, the egg and the yolks until light in color (add in the yolks one at time). Add the butter mixture to the flour and yeast one, together with the milk, salt and rum.  Using a wooden spoon beat vigorously until the dough begins to lose its gloss. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rest in a warm place for around 45 minutes. Pinza triestinaPreheat the oven to 160° C. After the fermentation process, take the dough and form small balls. Brush the top of the loaves with some egg yolk diluted with water before baking. Bake for around 30 minutes.

Enjoy your Pinza Triestina!

I wish you a happy and sweet Easter!

Anna

Champ en fleur

Champ en fleur

Cheesecake violette-lavanda

Ingredienti:

–  200g di biscotti digestive

– 80g di burro fuso

– 1/2 limone

– 300g di Philadelphia

– 300g di ricotta

– 200g di zucchero

– 150g di panna

– 3 uova

– 40g di yogurt

– 1/2 cucchiaio di farina

– violette fresche

– sciroppo di lavanda

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Far sciogliere il burro a fuoco basso. Spremere mezzo limone. Tritare i biscotti digestive ed utilizzarli per coprire il fondo di una tortiera da 24cm di diametro circa. Versare il burro fuso ed il succo di limone sui biscotti tritati e compattare bene.

Tritare 2 pugni vi violette fresche appena raccolte (senza stelo).

Mettere in una ciotola la Philadelphia, la ricotta, lo zucchero, la panna, lo yogurt, la farina, le uova e lo sciroppo di lavanda  (circa 2 cucchiai). Unire le violette e mescolare il composto con uno sbattitore elettrico a bassa velocità.

Versare il composto sul fondo di biscotti.

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Infornare a 160° per 55 minuti. A cottura ultimata far raffreddare la torta per 3 ore e successivamente riporre in frigorifero.

Prima di servire decorare la torta con violette candite (o altri fiori commestibili).

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Per le violette candite:

– 2 pugni di violette appena raccolte

– 1 albume

– 1 cucchiaio di acqua

– 50 g di zucchero a velo

Lavare le violette (senza togliere lo stelo) e farle asciugare. Sbattere leggermente un albume, senza montarlo completamente ed aggiungere il cucchiaio d’acqua. Immergere le violette nell’albume, tenendole per lo stelo, e successivamente nello zucchero a velo, controllando che vengano coperte completamente. Farle asciugare su un pezzo di carta oleata per 2 giorni almeno.

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Joyeux Printemps!

Bon appétit!

Anna