Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ivrea's cookies


For all lovers of chocolate and hazelnuts out there, here's one more recipe from Piedmont. Eporediesi are the traditional cookies from Ivrea, a small town just 40min driving from Turin, famous for its carnival, tomini cheese and fairy tale wine: Erbaluce di Caluso - the only Italian DOCG wine in all 4 of its variants!

original eporediesi cookies by Pasticceria Balla in Ivrea

Curiously these cookies carry the same curious name of the Ivrea inhabitant: Eporedia was in fact how the Romans called this town. According to Pliny, the Romans chose it because of the horse breeding skills of the residents and as it customary in Italy: the cookies inherit the names of their bakers and eaters.

As their origin and original recipe are unknown, these cookies vary a lot according to where you buy them.
They look dark brown, round, wide and flat. Their texture though is highly seductive: crispy on the outside and soft inside!
You'll be able to find them only in Ivrea as you can't buy them anywhere else, unless you make them yourselves at home.

Pasticceria Balla is in Corso Re Umberto 16 in Ivrea 😉

Here we are sharing one recipe to give you an idea of their flavor:

  • 100 gr - 2/3 Cup raw hazelnuts
  • 50 gr - 1/3 Cup unpeeled sweet almonds
  • 100 gr - 1 scant Cup cocoa powder
  • 1  pack of vanillin (0.5 gr - 0.16 oz circa)
  • 3-4 gr - 1 1/4 teaspoon of powder cinnamon
  • 50 gr - 1/3 Cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 220gr - 1 Cup + 1.5 tablespoon white sugar
  • 80 gr - 3 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt

Finely chop the almonds and the hazelnuts
whip up the egg whites till firm and fold in all the ingredients.
Mix evenly and grease the cookie sheet.

With a pastry bag lay down the cookies: 5 cm - 2 inches long tubes wide about 1.5cm - 0.5 inch. 
With your wet palm gently squeeze them down.

Sprinkle with granulated sugar and let them rest for 2-3 hours.

Bake them at 165C - 329 F for 18-20min.
Be extra careful not to overbake them as they must be crunchy outside and soft inside.

To fully savor them, look for a bottle of Erbaluce Passito DOCG or if you can't really find it, we have a list of 5 great wines from Piedmont to pair with sweets: sweet, bubbly, dry, rose' and raisinated.

These cookies are heavenly on their own and with coffee, tea, gelato, milk, yogurt and wine they will just teleport you right here.

In the meantime, check out your flight to Turin airport - code TRN and e-mail: to plan your vidaroyal travel 😎

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Turin discovered

Our friend Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook is sharing with us her love for Turin.

After an international corporate life during which she was well paid, well travelled and well fed, she now has the luxury of combining her twin passions of Italy and food. Keen supporter of Slow Food and love to source and cook with authentic ingredients in her kitchens in London and Milan. She fell in love with Turin about four years ago and now she tries to be here as often as she can. She can’t be doing with fake or speedy anything and likely to rant about the industrialisation of food at the drop of hat. When not in the kitchen, she is likely to be found with her nose in a book, wandering around looking at art and architecture or listening to opera (the earlier the better). She is blessed with a wonderful Italian partner, Edoardo, whose role in the kitchen is to keep her glass filled.

Follow Jan on The Watchful Cook where you will find many enticing recipes and posts elegantly written in her down-to-earth and witty style!