A Delicious Tuscan Cake!

Originally posted on Natural Italy Blog:

This is a cake you will find in just about every Tuscan pastry shop.  It is made with a butter crust, a cream of wheat filling and chocolate shell…need I say more? Recipe is translated and adjusted by me from Giallo Zafferano’s site.

THE Recipe!

Crust

125 grams or 1 cup sifted Flour

75 grams or 5.2 tbsp butter

A pinch of salt

3 egg yokes

100 grams or 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate spread

200 gr.  or 700 oz dark chocolate

200ml or 6.7 fl oz. fresh cream

For the filling

125 grams cream of wheat or semolino

500 ml or 17  fl. oz.  milk

350 gr. or 12.25 oz. Ricotta

200 grams or 7/8 cup powdered sugar

 

Torta di semolino al cioccolato

Begin by mixing the powdered sugar and flower together.  Add salt and then the butter at room temperature.  Soften the butter with your hands while mixing it with the flower…

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SOS Playgroup

Calling all Moms!  The Firenze moms 4 moms playgroup is at high risk this year.  After the Innocenti and then the Methodist church closed their doors we no longer have a place for playgroup.

Even though my son is now in materna, playgroup has been a great treasure for my son and I.  I had lived in Florence almost 6 years when a friend and I stumbled across a clothing exchange in the late fall.  This is where I met Kimberly Dopke-Vanzi for the first time.  As an overwhelmed expat mom, who was also very lonely, she advised me to start going to the playgroups twice a week.  There I found other moms just like me.  I quickly found friendship and looked forward to the different playgroups twice a week.  We exchanged baby advice, we talked about schools, problems, sometimes we even went to lunch afterwards!  When birthdays rolled around, they were always filled with our English speaking friends. Florence, for the first time since I got pregnant, became bearable.  I had found my niche!  This is why it saddens me greatly that we cannot find a place this year to host playgroup.

We need your ideas and input so we can make playgroup happen this year.  If you have any ideas please let us know.  Help us save playgroup!

We need:

A. A place or a rotation of places

B. Someone or a couple of people to be in charge, to get the word out each week.

C. Materials, toys etc.  ( I have some toys that I collected from the Methodist church in the hopes of finding a new home for playgroup)

D. Comment below on what playgroup has meant to you!

Halloween is around the corner…Volunteers?

As many of you know our annual Halloween party is coming up in about 2 months…I know..you think 2 months is a long time but really it isn’t.  We will have it again at the church from last year, and we will try to get late afternoon slot.  The exact date and time will be announced mid September.  We will also need a lot of volunteers, that way each person will have to do less.  This year I was also thinking about having 45 minute shifts so there is still time to enjoy the party with your kids…. Also we are looking for a reliable teenager to help take money at the door.

Here are some of the committees

1.Food Table—We had a great volunteer last year…

2. Decorations-this would have to be someone that could come before and help set up

3. Clean up-someone that can stay after the party is over to clean up and mop

4. Activities- We also had a fantastic volunteer last year for this, if any of you would like to volunteer to advertise your party business this would be a great opportunity.

I will also be posting about our Christmas party in the next month or so for this year.  Stay Tuned… Jill Romanelli