2 sticks butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
4 1/2 cups of flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.
Mix the melted butter and sugar together until it reaches a gel-like consistency. Add the eggs and milks and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and half the flour. Beat just until combined and then mix in the rest of the flour.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (You can even refrigerate overnight. It makes the dough easier to form into balls.)
Roll into round, shiny balls.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool completely before icing.
For the icing, stir the 3 ingredients together. The icing should be really thick so that it dries quickly to form a thick layer. You can either drizzle the icing over the cookies or dip the tops of the cookies into the icing. (I found that the dipping was a bit easier.)
Chicken Roulades with Orange sauce
When I go to Rovigo (the small town where I grew up, between Venice and Bolonia), to my parents’ house, there are two main activities I love doing with them:
- watching their old photos: I like so much the photo album of their wedding. It’s so romantic. I like a lot also the photos of the travels my mom did when she was young. It’s fantastic to see her at my age, with long red hair and beautiful dresses of the 60s.
- cooking with my mom: I usually sit in the kitchen, near the stove, and I take a look at what she does. I like talk with her when she cooks. Sometimes she gives me useful advices on how to improve my recipes. I think this is a fantastic way to spend time with her!
Today’s recipe is one of her recipes and one of my favourites. Let’s see how to prepare it in the next post.
Suggested movie: Little Women (M. LeRoy, 1949)
‘Jo: Now we are all family, as we always should have been.’
Stasera Lasagne con zucchine trifolate….
I know, I’m late: the night of Halloween has gone but I have a very interesting recipe to suggest and which can be cooked not only for Halloween parties: Pumpkin Risotto. This recipe combines perfectly British and Italian traditions, realizing a perfect dish for these cold evenings. Pumpkins are one of the most important ingredient of this season. During the latest days it was amazing to see people buying them to cook or to carve, realizing wonderful lanterns. In Italy people don’t to carve pumpkins but they use them for cooking a lot of delicious recipes: risotto, ravioli, soups, cakes are just few examples. Now it’s time to prepare our Pumpkin Risotto. In the next post you’ll find the recipe.
Suggested movie: Casper (B. Silberling, 1995)
“Casper: All I want is a friend.”
Rigatoni Carbonara (by Kwong Eats on flickr)
Burrata with Sungold Tomatoes