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Monday, March 9, 2015

Crostata with Crema al limone e fragole - Strawberry Crostata with Lemon Cream (recipe courtesy of Mama Isa)

Crostata with Crema al limone e fragole- Strawberry Crostata with Lemon Cream (recipe courtesy of Mama Isa)


MAMA ISA'S CROSTATA CON CREMA DI LIMONE E FRAGOLE
INGREDIENTS for Pasta Frolla Sweet Pastry Dough (serves 8 people):
500 g Wheat Flour 00
250 g unsalted butter, at room temperature for hand mixing
250 g of sugar
2 organic eggs + 1 organic egg yolk
lemon zest
1 pinch of salt
1 package of vanillina

INGREDIENTS FOR THE TOPPING
1 organic lemons
300 g of fresh strawberries or berries
30 g of unsalted butter
2 organic eggs
65 g of sugar
powdered sugar



DIRECTIONS
How to make “Pasta frolla dough”: In a board make a “vulcano” with Wheat Flour, add the unsalted butter,  add egg yolk and eggs, sugar and lemon zest; mix until dough is completely moistened. Place “pasta frolla” dough on a flat surface and work into a ball quickly. Don't overkneading. Wrap in a cling film and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.



Preheat oven to 180 C°.
On a floured surface roll out the “pasta frolla”  with the rolling pin to a big circle.
Spread the unsalted butter over the interior of the tart pan being careful to cover the entire interior.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of wheat flour 00  to the greased tart pan. Pick the pan up and tilt it about, allowing the wheat flour to distribute and cover the entire interior of the tart pan. The wheat flour will stick to any greased surface. Invert the tart pan over the garbage or a sink and tap it gently with your hand to remove any excess flour.
Place pastry dough in a tart pan. Fill with rice or dried beans. Bake shell in middle of oven 15 minutes. Remove rice or beans and foil and bake shell until golden, about 8-10 minutes more. Cool shell in tart pan on a rack.
Zest the lemon. In a pan put sugar, eggs, lemon juice, zest of lemon,
In a stainless steel mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar using an electric beater until light and airy, then add the lemon juice, the melted butter, the zest of lemon, continuing to whisk.
Place over a saucepan of just-simmering water (it shouldn’t boil) and whisk the mixture for about 5-10 minutes to thicken. To cool the pastry cream, dip the base of the bowl in iced water and stir it gently and regularly. Then put it in fridge.
Fill the crostata with the pastry cream, using a spatula to level the surface and distribute the cream evenly. Spread on the top fresh strawberries or berries and dust with powdered sugar.
Cut into slices and serve.


Crostata with Pastry Cream and Strawberries (recipe courtesy by Mama Isa)
Crostata at Mama Isa's Cooking Classes near Venice in Italy
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

17 Great Reasons To Take A Cooking Class In Italy

17 GREAT REASONS TO TAKE A COOKING CLASS IN ITALY.
Italy is a wonderful country and offers a lot of things to see and to do.
But Italy is one of the most famous culinary hotspots and it's one of the best countries for foodies!
Have you ever travelled internationally with food as the main reason? Ever visited a country just for food? Is important food when you decide where to go for a holiday? How important is the food during your journeys for your satisfation?
As Cooking Class Teacher of Mama Isa's Cooking Classes in Venice area (Italy), here are some great reasons - based on my experience - for those of you who want to take a cooking class in Italy and why you should consider taking a cooking class! Maybe you are new to culinary tourism, or want to learn more about "food tourism" - one of the most important global trends!!! Read more below if cooking is one of your new favorite things to do or if you have ever traveled to another country to try some authentic cuisine.
Take a cooking class in Italy with Mama Isa
The art of pasta making from scratch - a cooking class in Italy!
Cooking Classes in Venice
Mastering the art of pasta making

Some tips to attend a cooking class in Italy:
1- Learn the basic skills of how to cook and learn the real Italian dishes with the instruction of a real chef.
2- Discover new cooking ingredients and new food. The cooking class instructor will show you how to make several Italian specialties, some of which may be very difficult to find in Italian restaurants.
3- Learn new techniques of cooking from the native experts. The Cooking teacher can offer you the possibility to make with your hands one of your favorite Italian dish.
4- Talk and ask every questions about Italian handmade recipes with a local chef.
5- Enjoy tasting Italian cuisine and the fruit of your cooking lesson (usually with a meal with wine pairings).
6- Discover appreciation for Italian Food and in particular if you love fresh egg pasta, taste a dish of fresh egg pasta, really homemade! You can experience the food of Italy or of some regions or areas.
7- Enjoy attending a cooking class, the most have a friendly and funny atmosphere. Cooking can be a lot of fun, especially when you learn to make real Italian specialties.
8- Consider a cooking class like a vital part of your tourism experience. A cooking day is for you an instant gratification to all ages!
9- Search out fresh, good and local quality cuisine that reflects the authenticity of your destination: Italy.
10- Know which Italian foods are healthy and understand more about preparing healthy Italian meals (good for you and taste great as well). Healthy eating is essential!
11- Experiment with different flavors and learning about different traditions.
12- Discover some culinary secrets of your Chef.
13- Learn something about the history of Italian food, and in particular about some of the most famous Italian recipes.
14- See the kitchen where you cook and have the control about the cleanliness. Have you ever been in a kitchen at a restaurant? No, of course. During the cooking class you can cook in a real Italian kitchen.
15- Meet local chefs and new people and in particular spend a day with an Italian family.
16- Enjoy Italian gastronomy with a cooking course and stay with a local chef, possibly in her/him homes!
17- Learn to think like an Italian Chef, if Italy is your first choice of countries you wish to travel to for food experiences and if cooking is one of your life’s great pleasures. This is a great starting point to learn a bit about the authentic Italian cuisine and Italian food, because food is essential to happiness!
Cooking Classes in Italy



During my cooking classes I present details on every aspect of preparing the Italian recipes, combined with cooking terms definitions, ingredient definitions, Italian pronunciations preparation tips and a great range of menu ideas. The result is not only amazing recipes and funny cooking classes: I like to give at my cooking guests the chance to replicate at their home those simple Italian recipes and the indispensable shortcuts and everyday secrets that I use constantly in my cooking!