Everyone who knows me knows that I like love cooking. Some rumors might say that I only speak about food every day, which is not exactly or at all true, but it might indicate how much I enjoy the subject of food and cooking. On this blog I am trying to incorporate local products in my daily cuisine and the recipe that follows is the perfect fit for my challenge.
The recipe of the week is called Pasta Flora and is basically a marmalade pie. Pasta flora is one of those recipes that I have associated with my first cooking experiences because it takes a bit of effort but it is also quite easy. In this case a large percentage of the ingredients are local and homemade. I used homemade marmalade from forest fruits, locally grown eggs and flour and instead of butter I used Zlati Ghee.
• 1 cup butter
• 1/3 of a cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 spoons of cognac (or whisky)
• 1 spoon orange zest
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 pack of backing powder
• ½ kilo of marmalade of your choice
• Beat the butter with sugar until it is white and Fluffy
• While still beating you throw in the eggs one at a time and then the cognac
• Add the zest, baking powder and flour and knead until you have a soft dough
• Spread 2/3 of the dough on the base and sides of your baking pan
• Spread the marmalade on top of the dough and then use the remaining 1/3 of the dough to create strings that will decorate the top of your pie
• Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for 30-35 minutes
Small tip: You can sprinkle a bit of sugar (flavored or regular or brown) above the pie before baking it will make a nice caramelized layer over the dough and the marmelade.