June 28, 2011

Pistachio Cake

pistachio cake

Pistachio is the benchmark flavour for every pastry shop, ice cream parlour and the like. Pistachio is also hands down my favorite nut. I love it in all forms, from nut butter to gelato, from salted snack to sweet treat. I had some unsalted pistachios in my counter this weekend, so I had to make a cake.
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June 18, 2011

Banana Coconut Pecan Muffins || Muffin banana, cocco e noci di pecan

muffin & pecans

I have a serious addiction to bananas. Especially the very ripe ones. Every time I go to the supermarket or to the fruit and veg shop, I find myself constantly glancing at the box with bananas, trying to spot the slightly brown and spotted ones. Often times, those are considered "bad and old" and are sold on special for ridiculous prices. For some reason, no one buy them, or maybe they do but not to the point to get rid of them. So, well, in the end I am always able to bring home 5 or 6 very mature and sweet bananas (often times fair trade from Ecuador) for less then 1 euro. It's pretty clear and evident that in Italy very few people have discovered the magic world of banana muffins and breads.

It surely not a typical Italian sweet, not at all. Reading the book "I dolci di Osterie d'Italia", where the most traditional sweets and desserts from all over Italy are listed, there is no trace of bananas. It's a proof, isn't it?
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