Nestled between the slope of Mount Etna and the majestic Mediterranean Sea is where we enjoy the Sicilian Simplicity
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
When chestnuts were in season, I made a point to prepare individual freezer bags of unsweetened chestnut puree to have on hand for the future months. The naturally sweet chestnuts add a special touch to a bean soup, marry beautifully with a mashed potato side dish, and an endless list of sweet treats. Most importantly, one of my 500g freezer bags was dedicated to a very special chestnut cake! Light and airy and oh so good...
Given the fact that I am far away from my freezer back home, I picked up a small 250g bag of dried chestnuts. Not the same thing, but will make a nice substitute. Place the dried chestnuts in a large pot with plenty of water, and boil them until they become soft (it will take about 2-3 hours). Once soft, simply pass them through a vegetable press, or potato masher. (You will end up with 500g.)
500g unsweetened chestnut puree
130g ricotta (you can substitute with any soft light cheese)
100g dark chocolate
150g brown sugar
This is a very simple recipe. Start by melting the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Once melted, add all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Fold into a buttered and floured baking pan and bake for 40 minutes at 180°C.
I have been carried away to a world that stops to taste the sweetness of the land, and admire all the treasures that their rich black soil provides. Now my journey begins as we enjoy the simple pleasures of the life! We came from different worlds, spoke different languages, but that didn’t stop us. We have our home in Sicily, and many adventures await us. Sicilia is our home!
Sailing across the Gulf of Mexico, I had the pleasure of meeting the most amazing man. Little did I know that he would eventually become the love of my life and would change my world. We were both working aboard a cruise line at the time. He, an Italian Engineer, and I, the featured headlining Vocalist, met at a crew party and the rest is history. Our beginning... Wedding Pictures...
Towns around Mt. Etna
Take a trip around Mt.Etna and visit all the small towns along the way here. Relax and enjoy the scenery on the Ferrovia Circumetnea Train that travels around Mt. Etna.