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3 Types of Italian cookies to bring to your summer BBQ
by mark anthony at 2014-07-30 06:30:00

Italy is world famous for its food delicacies and cookies are a speciality of the Italian Chef. Italians love making everything from scratch, whether pasta, pizza dough or cookies. They use local ingredients and combine beautiful flavours together to create unique dishes and bakery products. Among the various cookies famous in Italy, Pignoli ranks at the top of the list. It is basically a moist cookie with a chewy kind of soft texture and has its origins in Sicily. You can identify it by its color which is light golden. A paste of grounded almonds is used to make Pignoli and pine nuts are filled into the cookie dough before baking.

Try your hand at Anginetti and Amaretti

Another brilliant recipe for a summer Italian cookie is Anginetti. Like several other Italian cookies, anginetti cookies are semi-sweet with a hint of lemon flavour. That is why it is considered as the must-have cookie on your summer barbeque menu! It is made using simple ingredients such as eggs, flour, vegetable shortening, sugar and a few other additional elements.

Amaretti is a unanimously loved by all Italians and is a favourite cookie in the country. Add it to your summer BBQ by making it at home from scratch. Today, Amaretti, also locally referred to as ‘Amretti di Sacronno’, is made is all Italian bakeries and is savored by the Italian community. The main ingredient in the cookie dough is almonds and the recipe is very simple and easy to make at your Brooklyn home.


Ideas for Topping on a Cheesecake
by mark anthony at 2014-07-16 06:24:00

A cheesecake is one of the best inventions of mankind. The way the cheese melts in your mouth, the heavenly feeling of the smooth texture, the varieties existing in the world, waiting to be tasted. A cheesecake is not just a dessert; it is a pure indulgence of the senses.

Icing on the cake

While a cheesecake might be good on its own, it is the toppings that make it better. The best toppings for cheesecakes are fruits, chocolate, caramel or fruit sauces or more creative and unique ones that have an exotic appeal.
Fruits like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, pineapples and cherries will be best toppings if you want to go for fruit. Mix and match to find out which topping complements the flavor of the cheesecake and which supplements it.
Chocolate is a favorite topping the world over and you can almost never go wrong with it. Chocolate sauce with mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings will go with any similarly flavored cheesecake.
Topping choices can also be a bit different than the norm. Pecans, mandarin oranges, lightly flavored whipped cream with fruit syrups or even peanut butter or Nutella will get your taste buds tingling in no time. Christmas, Thanksgiving or even a simple get-together, everyone present will always love some cheesecake. If you are in Brooklyn, cheesecakes are just a phone call away. Circos, a fine Italian Bakery makes some mouth-watering cheesecakes offered with a variety of toppings.


Pastries to Bring to a Summer BBQ
by mark anthony at 2014-07-02 06:17:00

Summer is the time to eat sweets, and honey balls perfectly fit the bill. Not only are they tasty, but they are also much healthier compared to other sweets. A Neapolitan treat, they frequently hog the lion's share of many Brooklyn summer BBQ pastry trays. Honey balls are essentially fried fritters filled with honey and candy sprinkles. The outer crunchy texture conceals a soft gooey interior. Circos in Brooklyn has great honey balls that will be perfect for a summer BBQ. Alternately, you can also try your own hand at making them.

The ingredients to make honey balls

You need six eggs, one cup filled with sugar, four cups filled with flour, three tablespoons of baking soda, a cup filled with honey, vegetable oil and candy sprinkles.

Preparing delicious honey balls

First, whisk the eggs and the butter together in a bowl. The flour and the baking powder must be sieved before the two are mixed in the eggs and butter blend. The dough should be mixed until it turns soft.

Divide the dough into four parts and then roll each of them into ropes about a foot in length. The dough “ropes” should be about half inch thick. Cut the ropes into pieces about one inch in length. Dust them with flour and fry them until the pieces become puffed and golden brown.

Use spoons to remove the pieces from the pan and drain them with paper towels. Mix sugar ad honey and heat the mix until the sugar melts. Use this mixture to coat the just prepared fried dough and put all of them in a big plate. Position them like a pyramid and add candy sprinkles. Wait for the honey balls to cool down for two hours before eating them.