Bônet (Piemonte Chocolate Pudding)

A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.

The Bônet (booh-net), also written as bunet or bonet, but pronounced the same way, is one of the must of traditional Piemonte cuisine.

A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.
The one I publish here is the old recipe of the ancient delicious Piemonte chocolate pudding. As for bagna cauda and other regional dishes there are many variations, almost one for each family.
For example, in many families bônet is prepared without cocoa and coffee, and with the add of vanilla. A sort of pudding Piemonte style but with the addition of rum and Marsala wine and ladyfingers biscuits.
The word bônet means cap, and refers to the shape of the mold used often – circular, with a depression in the middle – reminiscent of the headgear used in the past by the farmers in the region. I also suggest that its name originates from the word bonnet, that in many languages in the past meant headgear.

Bônet is made with simply and very popular ingredients here in Piemonte: milk, eggs, sugar (I use the raw brown, that is much more healthy), cocoa, ladyfingers biscuits, amaretti biscuits, rum and Marsala.

About ladyfingers biscuits, preparing this recipe I discovered that are biscuits spread everywhere in the world and that in each country have different name. In Italy ladyfingers are called Savoiardi: literally “from Savoia family”.

The preparation is so easy and quick that could really be called as a great basic unmissable recipe in every cookbook family.

You can pour the mixture for cooking in a round pudding mold but in Piemonte has become popular to bake it in a rectangular, plumcake style mold.

Bonet Piemonte Chocolate Pudding

In Piemonte we prepare it as 5 minutes dessert but it is considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas’s eve, New Year’s eve. For this reason I think could be a delicious try for an American Thanksgiving or other festive day around the world.

 

Bônet (Piemonte Chocolate Pudding)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 35 fl.oz. of whole milk
  • 3.5 oz. ladyfingers
  • 1 small cup of Italian espresso
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of rum
  • 2 tablespoons of Marsala
  • 4.5 oz. amaretti biscuits
  • 2 oz. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7 oz. of brown sugar
  • 5 eggs

Instructions

  1. Boil the milk and let it cool
  2. Cramble the Ladyfingers and amaretti biscuits
  3. Pour into the milk the crambled biscuits, espresso coffee and instant coffee
  4. In a very large bowl put the eggs, the brown sugar, cocoa and mix them together for a few minutes until you have a mixture smooth and creamy
  5. Combine the two mixtures and add the Marsala and the rum
  6. Pour in caramelized pudding mold (see how to caramelize a pudding mold on budino recipe)
  7. Bake the bônet in a preheated oven at ca. 350°F for about 40 minutes
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A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Budino Piemonte Pudding

The Budino (boo-dee-no) Piemontese or Piemonte pudding is one of those basic desserts of Piedmontese cuisine, never missed at the end of a good meal or a snack.
I can still remember the smell of budino baking on the stove in my grandmother’s house. It was prepared once for the whole week. My grandmother was used to prepare it for my snacks.

She always said that milk, sugar and eggs were the best nourishment for two legs always in a hurry as those of the children. Today, cow’s milk is a food particularly controversial, but for me the taste of the pudding is a reminiscent of my childhood, and is just like the warm embrace of my grandmother after I peeled a knee in the backyard.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

 

It’s not a secret, for me, cooking and food are therapeutic. So this pudding, made of simple and ancient foods is still a great “friend” who comforts me at the end of the most difficult days.

It’s a vanilla pudding with the addition of an ingredient used in the preparation of Piemonte desserts: the amaretti biscuits.

If you are looking for something simple but delicious and impressive for a family dinner or for some festivity try to prepare it. The amaretti biscuits are essential, if you do not find them try adding chopped hazelnuts and walnuts. The taste is not the same, but they are ingredients that were used to enrich the puddings in the homes of the peasants of Piedmont.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Ingredients

  • 35 fl.oz. whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla powder
  • 12 oz. sugar (I've used raw brown sugar)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon of Rum
  • 6 amaretti biscuits

Instructions

  1. In a pot pour milk, 3.5 oz. of sugar and vanilla. Put on the stove and warm but not boil, stirring occasionally
  2. As soon as the milk is hot remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, pour the remaining 8.5 oz. of sugar and eggs.
  4. Blend with an electric mixer until creamy smooth and homogeneous
  5. As soon as the cream is smooth add the amaretti biscuits crumbled with hands and rum
  6. Combine milk cream eggs and sugar, mix well with an electric mixer
  7. Take a pudding mold pour 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar and put it on low heat to caramelize
  8. When the sugar has become caramel spread on the walls of the mold by moving over the flame
  9. Pour the mixture into the pudding mold or into many little molds by 1 portion each, and put in a preheated oven at about 380° F and bake for about 30-40 minutes (if you are using little molds cooking time is halved)
  10. Once cooked remove from the oven and let cool completely. As soon as the pudding reach the room temperature put in fridge.
  11. Before serving overthrow the pudding on a serving platter and serve cut into slices with some typical dry biscuit, such as meliga cookies.
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Budino Piemonte Pudding

 

Rabbit in Mustard Recipe

Rabbit with Mustard Piemonte style

Rabbit in mustard is a very traditional Piemonte recipe. It combines local and poor ingredients with a smell of France. Originally used for special occasions could be now used as easy dinner ideas to stew rabbit.

Rabbit with Mustard Piemonte style
Rabbit in mustard is an ancient recipe used for Sunday meals and special occasions. As it is prepared with very traditional and poor ingredients it could be considered one of the best Piemonte recipes.

Poor ingredients

Rabbit, milk, butter, were some of the poor ingredients that was very common in almost every farmhouse. Rabbit meat was considered a poor one. This is because the rabbit is reproducing very quickly, easy to breed and cheap to feed. The edible part of the animal was not much compared to other animals and the meat was more compact and less soft than other. The culinary tradition of Piemonte is rich with dishes of rabbit.
For a long time rabbit has been misused, as for all the reason that in the past made it a poor meat. Today, indeed, we know that the rabbit meat is one of the better food choices in terms of nutrition, low in fat and by its nature does not retain antibiotics and medicines that are used industrially for its breeding.
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The free richness that comes from the vegetable garden

 Juniper berries, bay leaves, marjoram herbs were always present in any vegetable garden, large or small it was. marjoram, as well as lemon balm, thyme, mint and many others, was planted at the edge, close to the fence of the garden to ward off the weeds and in some cases even parasites. The laurel was a tree that was often in the courtyard, high and auspicious, full of leaves used in many dishes, including to boil chestnuts.
Juniper berries were picked in the woods, bringing the herds or flocks to pasture or transporting goods for the market, when it was still going to walk away with the cart along the dirt roads.

A bit of delicious wine

Our ancestors liked to add wine and spirits to preparations. the red or white wine, rum and many others are an integral part of many of the most typical of traditional dishes. Rabbit in mustard is not exception. In this case the wine serves to eliminate the flavor too strong of the rabbit. Let us remember that at that time, before the factory farms, rabbits tasted much stronger than today as it was considered almost a wild flavor.

A pinch of France

It’s not a secret that the Piedmontese and the French cuisines have been contaminated with each other for a long time over the centuries.
A definite element, outcome of this contamination, is the use of mustard for which France is famous.
The mustard powder helps to mitigate the wild flavors of the meat, and allows to blend the flavors also giving to dishes a nice and cheerful color. Rabbit in mustard Piemonte style seems to bring out all of these elements.

Rabbit in Mustard Piemonte Recipe

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Rabbit in Mustard Piemonte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit cutted in serving portions
  • 5 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk is better but you can use your favorite milk)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 oz butter
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Herbs
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of fresh marjoram (or a teaspoon of dried marjoram)

Instructions

  1. In a pot large enough to hold the rabbit put the olive oil and butter and brown the rabbit to medium high flame
  2. Stir the rabbit pieces occasionally so that browning evenly
  3. As soon as the rabbit is golden brown, lower the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, place the juniper berries, bay leaves and marjoram
  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes
  5. After about 20 minutes, uncover and sprinkle with mustard and white wine
  6. Cook over low heat uncovered so that the wine has evaporated by about half, stirring and turning the pieces of rabbit occasionally
  7. Add the milk and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring and turning the rabbit occasionally
  8. When the milk has become a cream along with the wine and mustard rabbit is ready!
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Apple Fritters Delicious Recipe

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

 The widespread Italian tradition for Carnival period

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

In Italy we prepare fritters, we say frittelle [frit’tɛlle], in the period of Carnival. Carnival is the period in which the children love to dress up as a fairy tale character and throw mountains of confetti and streamers. Noisy carts parade through the streets and people come out on Sunday to celebrate, drinking and eating street delicacies hot, warmed by the first rays of sunlight of the impending spring. In some places here in Piedmont Carnival is celebrated in different ways: there is the Carnival of Ivrea with its Battle of the Oranges, or the most traditional and ancient Carnival of Rocca Grimalda called Lachera.

A recipe that smell of home and childhood


Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.I usually prepared apple fritters with my grandmother. We sat in the kitchen wearing an apron that made ​​me gag as well as apron and we spent the afternoon cleaning apples, preparing the batter and spilling flour everywhere! That was the most fun: playing with the flour! We were frying and eating apple fritters all the afternoon as they were ready. It was so funny!

Today I prepare pancakes for my son and he loves it! He loves to eat apple fritters secretly with his dad the evening before going to bed. They are lovely!

I strongly advice you eating the apple fritters hot, very hot, dusted with powdered sugar with your family or with some friend, involving them in the preparation. Send me your pictures and tell me your fun!

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

 

Apple Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Apple Fritters

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, the parties and to cheer up for some gloomy afternoon.

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • For the Batter
  • 5 oz. white flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup Rum
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • For the Guarnishing
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Separate the yolks from the whites
  2. In a large bowl pour the flour, egg yolks, sugar, rum, milk and a pinch of salt
  3. Mix with a mixer or with a fork until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff to create a foam
  5. Combine the egg whites foam with the rest of the batter using a wooden spoon, stirring gently from top to bottom so they not liquify again
  6. Wash and peel the apples
  7. Remove the core with an apple corer
  8. Slice the apples to form many discs about 0.1 inch thick
  9. Put the apple slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice, stirring well using your hands, very gently so as not to break the discs of apple
  10. Put the oil to heat in a small saucepan with high sides and wait for the oil to reach the appropriate temperature, attention not to reach the smoking point, you can test if the oil is hot enough by using an apple peel: if immersing the oil sizzles it means that the temperature is right.
  11. Add apples into the batter and mix with wooden spoon, always being careful not to break the apples
  12. Pick the discs of apple one at a time and dip into the hot oil, I usually bake them 3 at a time, turning them over halfway through cooking
  13. When the fritters are cooked, use a pair of pliers to pull them out from cooking oil and place them gently to drain excess oil on paper towels
  14. Serve hot, plain or dusted with powdered sugar
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Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

Apple fritters delicious, easy to prepare, without baking powder and poor in sugar. Perfect for children, parties and to cheer up some gloomy afternoon.

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Bagna cauda

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The easiest ever, fast, gentle, always succeeds and original flavor Bagna Cauda. The hot sauce of anchovies and garlic typical of Piemonte. Serve with vegetables.

bagna cauda

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The original flavor of an ancient dish

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The history of this dish is ancient. It was prepared at the time of harvest as a reward for laborers.
Bagna cauda is a preparation made with garlic , olive oil and anchovies , all reduced to a sauce by cooking with a lot of patience. If you want you can also add ingredients like butter, cream, milk, and chopped walnuts.
Today have become commonly use to serve it in special containers made of terracotta called Fojot consisting of a bowl that has undergone a burner to keep the sauce warm. I usually serve the Bagna Cauda in ordinary little bowls of glass, a solution that I prefer both because its convenience and because the main terracotta pot I use for cooking the Bagna Cauda keep the right temperature for a long time. I keep the terracotta pot over the cooker and refill when the guests ask!

An original alternative to Pinzimonio

Bagna Cauda Recipe

It is consumed dipping various kinds of seasonal vegetables usually divided between raw and cooked. Are typical and must try cardoons either raw or boiled, either raw or roasted in the oven peppers, Jerusalem artichokes (Topinambur) raw, raw leeks, onions cooked in the oven, the leaves of raw cabbage, cauliflower steamed, cooked beets, boiled potatoes, radishes, turnips raw, and all the vegetables that curiosity motivates you to try!

The easiest and always succeeds recipe

Bagna Cauda Recipe

I prepared Bagna Cauda many times. I used different recipes and have always found that they had two difficult elements  that I would like to avoid: melt the raw garlic cloves sliced in oil and clean the salted anchovies. When I tried this recipe I found that it was so simple, fast and always successful that almost did not seem real. It is also much lighter and preserve all the original flavor of the one prepared with raw garlic and leaves NO unpleasant odor the next day.

This Bagna Cauda does not make you smell like garlic!

Very often you give up Bagna Cauda because of the bad smell of garlic that gives off the next day. We have two or three tricks to avoid this unpleasant “side effect” of Bagna Cauda: do not reuse the same clothes worn by eating Bagna Cauda, take a long hot shower the next morning, brush your hair, brush your teeth with great care and use a particularly aromatic mouthwash, use a lot of gum.

With this Bagna Cauda do not need to use all these precautions because I verified each time that no one has ever complained about the smell the next day. This Bagna Cauda avoides to prevent Bagna Cauda!

Bagna Cauda Recipe

Bagna Cauda

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Bagna Cauda

The easiest ever, fast, gentle, always succeeds and traditional flavor Bagna Cauda. The hot sauce of anchovies and garlic typical of Piemonte.

Ingredients

  • 6-12 cloves of garlic (use 1 or 2 cloves of garlic per persona as you prefer, I normally use 8 to 10)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 oz. butter
  • 14 oz. ca. of flat fillets of anchovies in oil (the weight is intended of dripped product, oil-free, which is normally shown on the jar)
  • 20 fl.oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 fl.oz. whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Immerse the terracotta pan in cold water for at least 15-20 minutes, so that it soaks of water and does not break with heat, this practice is always necessary when using pans or trays of terracotta
  2. Clean the cloves of garlic with a knife, taking care to leave them whole and discard those that are already sprouting
  3. Pour the cup of milk and the garlic cloves in a small saucepan or in a frothed milk spout and put to cook over low heat, simmer for about 15 minutes until the garlic cloves are cooked
  4. As the garlic cloves are cooked remove them from the milk and mash with a fork until you have a smooth puree
  5. At this point drain the anchovy fillets and rinse very well under water for about 5 minutes, helping you with your hands to pass well water between the fillets and remove all the oil.
  6. When the water coming out of the strainer will be almost completely transparent and anchovies will have lost the smell of the oil to remove all the water screwing up the threads with your hands, forming a ball
  7. Using a very sharp knife to cut the anchovy fillets to reduce them into small pieces about 1/2 -1 inch
  8. Remove the terracotta pot from the water and dry it with a cloth
  9. Pour about half a cup of oil in terracotta pot
  10. Add the mashed garlic and stir with a fork
  11. Put on the smaller fire of the cooker and use the lowest flame, taking care that the oil does not fry ever. For all the preparation, the oil must be warm but never become too hot and forming the classic "bubbles" of frying, it should never sizzle too.
  12. When the oil and the mashed garlic cloves are blended add the anchovy fillets cut into small pieces
  13. Gradually add the oil while stirring and maintaining the temperature of the oil not too high, if you find that the oil is getting too hot, remove the pan from the heat while continuing to stir. Never lift the flame, and even if you have the feeling that the process is too slow wait for the heat to spread slowly through the walls of the terracotta pot. In order to dissolve the anchovies you only need a moderate heat and ... lots of patience!
  14. When the anchovies are dissolved, about after 15-25 minutes, add the butter and the remaining oil and the whipping cream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Leave on the gas for a few minutes ... Bagna Cauda is ready!
  15. If you want you can prepare Bagna Cauda the day before, making sure to always warm up at low heat, avoiding the microwave, and adding the whipping cream just before serving.
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Bagna Cauda Recipe

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