Italian cooking and tradition: Lenten cookies

Loved by the grown-up and the kids, who often enjoy playing with these curious letter-shaped cookies, Lenten cookies are made during Lent, especially in the Florentine area and in Prato.

Ingredients

  • 3 whipped egg whites
  • 150 grams of flour
  • 30 grams of cocoa
  • 170 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 Orange peel
  • Salt to taste.

 

Preparation

Mix the flour with the cocoa, the sugar and a pinch of salt.

Grate the orange peel in the mixture.

Then add the three whipped egg whites, continuing to mix everything.

If the mixture is too liquid, add more flour; if it is too hard, add another egg white.

At this point you can create the letters (with the pastry bag if you are expert

enough), which have to be placed on a baking tin covered with baking paper.

Cook in the oven at 150 ° C for about 15 minutes.

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Italian cooking: la Ribollita

A winter typical dish from Tuscany, here’s the recipe for the last cold days of the season:

INGREDIENTS:

  •  1 black cabbage
  •  1/2 savoy cabbage
  •  2 potatoes
  •  2 carrots
  •  1 onion
  •  10 cherry tomatoes
  •  2 courgettes
  •  1 coast of celery with the leaves
  •   400 grams of cannellini beans
  •  1 can of tomato sauce
  •  Extra virgin olive oil
  • Stale Tuscan bread

PREPARATION

Leave the beans to soak for one night, then boil them in a clay pot.

Fry the onion cut into rounds in a very large pan with extra virgin olive oil; add the diced carrots and the celery chunks, then leave to cook undisturbed until golden brown.

After 5 minutes add the tomatoes slices, season it with salt and pepper and cook over high heat in the pan covered with lid for about 10 minutes.

Then turn down the heat and add the diced potatoes to the pan; after another 10 minutes add the chopped cabbage (savoy and black) too.

To soften everything you can use the cooking water of the beans.

Now add half of the beans to the pan and, after a while, add the chopped zucchini too.

Make a puree with the other half of the beans and mix it with the tomato sauce, then let this mixture dry a little and finally add it to the vegetables you have cooked in the pan.

In the meantime, cut the stale bread into chunks and let it roast in the oven at 180 ° for 3/4 minutes.

Take a clay pan and arrange the diced crusty bread on its bottom.

Pour over the vegetables with the broth and then put another layer of croutons, add more vegetables and broth and season it with a little extra virgin olive oil.

Serve the Tuscan Ribollita very, very warm!

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