Penny's Blog

Recipe No3 Pasta flora


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.

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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.

Ingredients:
• 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

How to:
• 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.

ENJOY !!