Italian Cream Cake

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Cakes, Desserts, Festivals & Events, Gourmet Italian Recipes, Italian Food Online, Quick & Easy, Side Dishes/Snacks

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Italian Cream Cake is far more of a Southern dish than Italian. But that does not stop this cake from being extremely delicious. Should you like your cake wealthy and full of goodies, you should give this one particular a try. While the true history of this recipe is lost, we can still take pleasure in this tasty cake.

This cake is also recognized as Italian Wedding Cake. You’ll find also clues that may well link this cake using the Delmonico or Hummingbird cakes. It is ideal for any special occasion. The cake is at its greatest when it remains moist, so don’t over bake. Once you have it mastered, this cake will probably be both rich and delicate. You tend not to even need to frost it properly. Traditionally, it is supposed to look rustic, so smearing the cake with frosting in all its rough-hewn glory should be far more than adequate.

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Recipe for Italian Cream Cake

Why save this recipe for a distinctive occasion when you can make it whenever you would like?

What You Will need

* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 2 cups sugar
* five huge eggs, separated
* one Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* one cup buttermilk
* one cup coconut

Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

* one cup chopped pecans
* one package product cheese (8 oz), softened
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
* 16 ounces powdered sugar, sifted

How to Make It

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil and flour three nine inch cake pans and set aside for later. Mix the butter and shortening inside a significant bowl. Using a medium velocity on your mixer, lotion it right up until it can be light and fluffy. Add the sugar inside a slow, steady stream to your mixture, beating effectively. Add the yolks a single at a time, blending each a single fully prior to adding the next. Stir inside the vanilla.

Combine the flour and baking soda in a very bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating using the buttermilk. Begin using the dry blend and end using the dry mix. Use a low speed to blend collectively. Stir in the coconut. Wash your beaters until they’re clear. In another huge clear bowl, beat the egg whites until eventually you form stiff peaks. Fold gently in to the batter.

Pour batter in to the cake pans and bake within the oven for 25 minutes or till a knife inserted within the center comes out clear. Let pans cool on wire racks for ten minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let them finish cooling on wax paper lined racks.

Frosting:

Roast the pecans in a very little pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let them cool. This adds a lot of flavor. Beat vanilla, butter, and product cheese together at medium velocity right up until it really is creamy. Add 2 cups of sugar just a little bit at a time on low till entirely blended. Turn up the mixer to high to smooth out the frosting. Stir from the pecans.

Lay the first cake layer on a platter and apply a layer of frosting. Top with the second cake layer and repeat. Leading together with the third cake layer. Apply the remaining frosting to your leading and sides of the cake. Decorate with additional pecans if you wish.

Bacon and Cheese Party Bread

Author: daphne reyes  //  Category: Festivals & Events, Italian Appetizers, Quick & Easy, Side Dishes/Snacks

Bacon and Cheese Party Bread

I suggest this for a children’s party. The kids would enjoy helping make these. Savory bacon, Cheddar, mayo and mustard dress up plain-old pumpernickel for impressive party bread. So quick and simple. It would even be perfect for holiday open houses, cocktail parties or even movie-night snacks. This is one Italian recipe that has ingredients that you can find in any grocery.
Ingredients
1 pound sliced bacon
2-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
1 pound sliced pumpernickel party bread

Cooking Instructions
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
Preheat oven to broil.
In a medium bowl combine the bacon, cheese, mustard and mayonnaise. Stir well. Arrange party bread on a cookie sheet. Spoon mixture onto each slice of bread.
Broil for 5 minutes, or until bubbly.

Italian Four Course Meals

Author: daphne reyes  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Festivals & Events

Italian Four Course Meals

Italian meals traditionally consists of 3 to 4 meals. Meals are focused on spending time with family rather that just satisfying ones hunger. Today, Italian meals are only about one or two courses and the traditional 3 to 4 courses are reserved for special occasions. More popular ones nowadays are their one course meals such as pasta and legumes. A few interesting facts that you may want to familiarize yourself with when fine dining in an Italian restaurant are Italian terms for each course.
Aperitivo:
apéritif usually enjoyed as an appetizer before a large meal, may be Campari, Cinzano, Prosecco, Aperol, Spritz or Vermouth.
Antipasto: literally “before (the) meal”, hot or cold appetizers
Primo: “first course”, usually consists of a hot dish like pasta, risotto, gnocchi, polenta or soup.
Secondo: “second course”, the main dish, usually fish or meat. Traditionally veal, pork and chicken are most commonly used, at least in the North, though beef has become more popular since World War II and wild game is found, particularly in Tuscany. Fish are generally caught locally.
Contorno: “side dish”, may be a salad or cooked vegetables. A traditional menu features salad along with the main course.
Formaggio e frutta: “cheese and fruits”, the first dessert. Local cheeses may be part of the Antipasto or Contorno as well.
Dolce: “sweet”, such as cakes and cookies
Caffè: coffee
Digestivo: “digestives”, liquors/liqueurs (grappa, amaro, limoncello,sambuca, nocino, sometimes referred to as ammazzacaffè (“coffee killer”)

Tiramisu Martini

Author: daphne reyes  //  Category: Desserts, Festivals & Events, Quick & Easy

Tiramisu Martini

Simple and easy way to end that Italian dinner? I’ve got a solution for you. Nothing can get simpler than this. When you’re throwing a party, do you want to be stuck at the kitchen preparing everything for your guests? You would want to be out there mingling with everyone. And of course, they love it when they know you prepared them yourself. Isn’t it just flattering when people start asking you to share your secret with them? Here’s a very simple way to impress your guests the Italian way.
Tiramisu Martini
Ingredients:
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vanilla flavored vodka
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger creme de cacao
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coffee flavored liqueur
Directions
1.Pour the vodka, creme de cacao, and coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass to serve.

January 17 is International Day for Italian Cuisine

Author: lei anton  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Chefs, Festivals & Events, Pasta Italiano, Sauces

Being an Italian food aficionado, I have always appreciated anything Italian. Even my sons share this fascination with Italian food. So, I am really pleased to read about January 17th being celebrated as the International Day of Italian Cuisine. This is hosted by the chefs of the Virtual Group of Italian Cooks or GVCI.

To showcase the importance of maintaining standards of traditional and authentic Italian dishes, Italian chefs around the world will prepare a traditional dish of Tagliatelle al Ragù alla Bolognese. This dish is a popular contribution of the City of Bologna in Emilia Romagna.

Cesare Casella, Dean of the Italian Culinary Academy, will host the two day event in New York City participated by Chicco Cerea, Mario Batali and many other Italian chefs from around the world. Anyone can join the celebration and be part of the festivity.

Food lovers who believe in the authentic way of preparing Italian recipe can register and participate in the celebration or can try preparing Ragù alla Bolognese at home. There are many variants of traditional recipes of this dish but one can look up Tagliatelle al Ragu alla Bolognese recipe of Chef Mario Caramella, GVCI president.January 17 is International Day for Italian Cuisine