Il dolce di San Martino. Patron saint of the town of Paese, Province of Treviso, Italy. St. Martin’s cake.

Ingredients:

250 grams of flour
100 grams of sugar
2 ml vanilla extract
140 grams of butter
1 egg yolk
A pinch of salt

Mix above ingredients + roll out dough. Sprinkle some flour if dough is too soft.
Roll out dough using a rolling pin.
If you have a St. Martin shape cake cutter, then use it to cut the dough.
If you don’t have it, then you can always use a cut out cardboard with the shape of St. Martin on his horse. ( you can get some ideas of how to draw and cut the shape from images that you can find in internet).

Preheat oven at 160°C for10 minutes

Bake at 170°C for 12 – not more than 15 minutes!

Decorate with melted dark chocolate(bain-marie) + sprinkle or decorate cake before chocolate becomes hard.

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Il gruppo del Cristallo…

While I was looking at some pictures taken during summer, precisely, on the 15th of August “Ferragosto” here in Italy, I came across these three pictures of the same mountain but seen from 3 different points…and I thought, sometimes in life, just like in these pictures, it is how we look at something that can make the difference. Our point of view is often a product of how we were brought up and from the different situations that we met in our journey through life. I thought…the essence of nature has the power to bring me heartwarming thoughts of love and beauty.

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EMPANADAS…this is one of the dishes served at home during special occasions. The only thing that I have changed is that I baked them instead of frying them and since someone in the family did not like the taste of raisins, I decided not to include them in the filling. Years have gone by, yet, I have not forgotten those moments spent with persons that have given me a glimpse of the positive side of every human being. The family gatherings and those busy preparing special and particular delicacies, have dropped a special golden coin in my chest of golden memories. Empanada is a dish but I see it to be an instrument of how love and joy can be passed on.

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