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Sweet brooms of the Befana – Italian Cuisine

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The sweet brooms of the Befana are a very sweet idea to bring a themed sweet to the table on the day of the Epiphany (even if, if you want, you can also recycle them for Halloween, passing them off as witches;)) Little work (just enough time to prepare and shape the pastry and then to assemble everything with melted chocolate) for a tender, cute and even greedy result. You can serve them as a sweet on the day of the Befana, or even use them as a little gift to put in the stocking … what do you think?

  • Preparation time Preparation: 35 min
  • Cooking time cooking: 10 min
  • Total time total: 45 min + 1-2 hours of rest
Sweet brooms of the Befana
Sweet brooms of the Befana


How to make the Befana's sweet brooms

Prepare the shortcrust pastry by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and stirring quickly until you get a smooth dough.
Cover with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Resume the dough, create 3 sausages about 1-2 cm wide and divide them into 5 pieces, which you will then have to shape to create the bristles of the brushes: just create a half oval and then engrave the bristles with the prongs of a fork.

Arrange the biscuits on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 180 ° C for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown, in a preheated convection oven.

Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool completely, then melt the chocolate, dip the top of the pretzels in it and let them adhere to the biscuits to create the handles (use plenty of chocolate so that they do not come off!).
As they are ready, place your brooms on parchment paper and let it dry completely.

The sweet brooms of the Befana are ready, you just have to serve them.

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Smoked pork with sweet and sour side dish – Italian Cuisine

Smoked pork with sweet and sour side dish

Smoked pork with sweet and sour side dish, preparation

1) In a saucepan, bring to a boil 2 liters of water with bay leaf and rosemary. Dip the ribs pork and fairies simmer for about 30 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, cut nuts of the same size potato, onion, turnip, apple and dried apricots, then wet the onion with 3 tablespoons of vinegar.

3) Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan, do it brown the potatoes and, when they take on color, transfer them to a plate, add salt and pepper.

4)Drain the onion and set aside the vinegar, then fry it in the same pan as the potatoes with the turnip, apple and dried apricots; continue cooking for 15 minutes often moving the ingredients with a spatula, add salt and pepper and add everything to the potatoes, stirring gently.

5) Emulsify the vinegar onion with 3 tablespoons of oil and 2 pinches of salt, cut the radicchio into sticks and toss with the freshly prepared vinaigrette.

6) Arrange on plates hot the side dish of fruit and vegetables, the drained cutlets, the seasoned radicchio and grated horseradish.

7) Serve with the cranberries canned.


Published 11/23/2021


Mashed sweet potatoes – Italian Cuisine

»Mashed sweet potatoes

Wash the potatoes under running water, put them in a saucepan, cover with plenty of water, bring to a boil and cook for about 40 minutes or until they are pretty soft, then drain, peel and mash them with a potato masher.

Put the potatoes in a non-stick pan with butter, salt, pepper, brown sugar and cream, mix everything, bring to a boil and cook until a pleasantly creamy consistency is obtained.

The mashed sweet potatoes is ready: serve it with a nice sprinkle of paprika and some pecans to decorate.

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