September Buckwheat seedy bread

1st day of September. Holidays are over and with them also the super delicious and rich meals we had this summer in Southern Italy. Time to take control and get back on the health wagon. So…why am I here sharing with you a bread recipe? Actually, contrary to what you may think or have heard many times, bread…

Ring-shaped perfection: sourdough bagel

What is exactly a bagel? A ring-shaped bread, a bun with a hole in the middle, just another food trend coming from New York? Well, actually all of this and more. The history of this soft, round bread with a hole in the middle comes from the encounter of Jewish tradition of eastern Europe with…

No breakfast without cornetti!

If you have ever been in Italy, you probably have noticed that many people usually have a cornetto plus a cappuccino for breakfast. No, not a croissants, a cornetto. Cornetto is surely a relative of the French croissant, but it differs in the ingredients and techniques. Croissants have a more neutral-salty-buttery taste and are accurately and…

Queen P – Sourdough Italian Pizza

Can you smell that fragrant, tempting smell? Can you hear the crack of the crust breaking when folding the slice in half?  And what about the incredible explosion of flavors that the delicate mozzarella cheese, the slightly sour tomato sauce and the Mediterranean aromatic basil and oregano create in your mouth? You know what I am…

Black Artemide rolls

Some weeks ago my sister attended a cookery class where she was offered a small pack of selected Italian Artemide brown rice flour as a gift. Knowing about my passion for special flours, she generously gave it to me and Gelsomino thanks her a lot! But who is Artemide and what does she have in common with this amazing…

Waiting for Christmas with Bisciola

Bisciola. Sort of an odd name, isn’t it? The term probably derives from the Latin word buccella, meaning bite, morsel. Bisciola is a poor and ancient typical sweet bread of Valtellina, a green valley in the Lombardia region of northern Italy, near where I was born and raised. According the legend, Bisciola was born by chance, around the 18th…

Durum bread, an Italian love story

In Italy, bread is more than something to toast in the morning or to hold a sandwich together. For us, bread is even more than just a food, it’s almost sacred. Bread is tradition, substance, culture. It’s a must have staple. In the Italian popular culture, if you have bread, you are not poor. Bread is good, essential,…

Into a chocolate vortex

I am absolutely a breakfast person. I love that quiet and peaceful moment (yes, even if it lasts only 5 minutes) for myself at the start of each day. It makes me feel happy about the day ahead.  I especially like breakfast type food. As a child, I could eat breakfast food all day, everyday. There are so many…

Spelt Focaccia, softness in a bite

It’s time to introduce you to one of my favorites: focaccia!  Do you know it? It’s the older sister (well, maybe…cousin) of pizza. 2000 years older. It’s a flatbread, simple in its recipe and rustic in its shape, yet flavorful and versatile. It pairs well with almost anything!  Its origin goes back to ancient Greece, Carthage, Roma…Early…

Smell the autumn with pumpkin rolls

Sourdough pumpkin dinner rolls have a soft crumb and a vaguely sweet flavor, you can eat them with anything, either sweet or salty. They are awesome and so festive!