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

 

Bittersweet Rabbit Recipe

A rediscovered, traditional, easy way to stew rabbit. This is a delicious sweet and sour rabbit recipe. Taste it with a Northern Italian red wine like Barbera.

A rediscovered, traditional, easy way to stew rabbit. This is a bittersweet rabbit recipe. Taste it with a Northern Italian red wine like Barbera.

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An Ancient and Innovative Way to Taste Rabbit

Bittersweet rabbit is one of the traditional Piemontese and Italian recipes I love the most. It combines many flavors so different from each other. Cocoa, cinnamon, onion, vinegar, red wine, cloves, juniper berries, amaretti biscuits. They hug each other, abandoning their uniqueness to become a new indefinable flavor that literally upsets the understanding of rabbit stew. It is traditional and innovative at the same time. You can smell the tastes of Piemonte, the work in the fields of Roero, the vineyards of the Langhe, the scent of the kitchens of grandmothers and that of bakeries. They all mixed toghether. You can take a piece of Piemonte in your home, to share with your friends.

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Bittersweet Rabbit

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Bittersweet Rabbit

This is one of the traditional Piemontese and Italian recipes I love the most. It combines many flavors so different from each other. Cocoa, cinnamon, onion, vinegar, red wine, cloves, juniper berries, amaretti biscuits. They hug each other, abandoning their uniqueness to become a new indefinable flavor that literally upsets the understanding of rabbit stew. It is traditional and innovative at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit in pieces
  • For the Sautéed
  • 3 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary)
  • For Stewing the Rabbit
  • 13 fl. oz. of red wine Barbera (still not sparkling)
  • 1/2 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 1 tip of teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • For the Sweet Guarnishing
  • 5 amaretti biscuits
  • 12 cipollini onions

Instructions

  1. Cut the rabbit into pieces and wash it with water
  2. Put in a large frying pan with oil, rosemary and garlic cloves and let them warm up, without frying and without letting the garlic darken
  3. When the oil is hot enough and took the scents of rosemary and garlic in the pan add the rabbit pieces evenly cook stirring occasionally
  4. Remove the pieces of rabbit from the pan and place them in another large pan, such as a wok or another large saucepan
  5. Measure out the red wine and the vinegar
  6. Pour all the ingredient for stewing the rabbit: cocoa, sugar, cloves, juniper berries, nutmeg, cinnamon, wine, vinegar, and salt
  7. Let simmer slowly, covered, over moderate heat for about an hour
  8. Then remove the rabbit pieces and place in a dish, I usually use a ceramic or pyrex pan, keep warm in a preheated oven at 50 degrees
  9. Sieve the cooking liquid, the sauce, of the rabbit and pour it in a pan (the same cooking will be fine, if you prefer you can use another one pan)
  10. Crush amaretti biscuits and add them to the sauce of the rabbit
  11. Wash the cipollini onions and add to the sauce of the rabbit
  12. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 10 minutes over medium/low heat
  13. When the cipollini onions are cooked add them to the dish in one of these two ways: accommodate the onions over the rabbit and pour the cooking liquid, or, if you used a serving dish not a ceramic pan, arrange the onions around the rabbit and pour the gravy cooking over the rabbit pieces.
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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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Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese. It has a delicate flavor base due to the cream cheese that progressively reveals candied fruits and raisins soaked in Marsala.

We, here in Piedmont, are used to prepare the bowl of Savoy with a particular type of cheese typical of the Langhe and Monferrato called seiras. I tried to prepare it with a cream cheese like Philadelphia and I found it very similar to the original and just as delicious.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is perfect for Valentine’s Day and as a last minute dessert

The Bowl of Savoy is a perfect dessert for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. It is easy, quick and really a smart dessert. As you can prepare it in a minute, with very popular ingredients and with no needs of baking, it could be prepared the day before (exalting the mixing of the savours) or as a last minute minute delicacy for your guests.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

A dessert full of history

Bowl of Savoy is a very traditional dessert in Piedmont. We called it in Piedmontese “Coppa Sabauda” [‘kɔppa sa’bauda]. It was the favorite dessert of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of Italy even called Father of the Homeland due to its role in the process of unification of Italy, and of the Bela Rosina its mistress and late wife.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

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Serve as you prefer

We absolutely love to enjoy the Bowl of Savoy with sour cherries in syrup but it is also perfect served plain or with a veil of icing sugar.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 5

Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese. Easy, quick and smart. Perfect for Valentine's Day and as a last minute dessert. No need of baking.

Ingredients

    For the Cream
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (Philadelphia)
  • 5 oz. whipped cream (or whipping cream)
  • 3 oz. Marsala wine (instead of Marsala you can use Porto or Rum or simply water)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 oz. vanilla sugar
  • 1.5 oz. Rum
  • 1 oz. raisin
  • 1.5 oz. diced candied fruit
  • For the Garniture
  • sour cherries in sirup

Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins in the Marsala wine (or Porto, or Rum or water) for about 15-20 minutes
  2. In case you have bought the whipping cream, whip the cream, otherwise skip to the next step
  3. When the raisins are softened, remove the excess of liquid using a strainer and squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands
  4. Then place all the ingredients together in a bowl
  5. Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is soft and smooth, be sure that there are no lumps
  6. Pour the contents into bowls or cups or glasses and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  7. When you're ready to serve, decorate the bowls with the cherries and their syrup.
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 Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

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Nougat Cake

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays. 

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The nougat tradition

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

Nougat (Torrone in Italian) is a specialty of Alba made ​​with honey and hazelnuts. Its characteristic is that it is very hard, so hard that often it is necessary to help with a meat mallet to break it into pieces. It is usually consumed after meals of Christmas: it brings to the table on a wooden board with a knife ( and a meat mallet ) and the landlord breaks it into many pieces. For every hit it off pieces and hundreds of crumbs end up a bit everywhere around the cutting board. While chatting, we eat the pieces, gather up the crumbs and cut other pieces together maybe sipping a good cup of coffee and while some diner begins to peel some Mandarin. It is a sweet friendly, typical of the long Christmas meals eaten with the family, enjoying the warmth of the house and the goodness of traditional delicacies.

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

 

A basic cake with an Italian soul

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The base of the cake nougat is very similar to the base of many cakes: flour, milk, eggs and sugar. These ingredients accompany and enhance the flavor of honey and hazelnut of the nougat. During the cooking, the solid and white  part of nougat  melts completely  creating fondant areas around the hazelnuts. Tasting the cake you can feel all the flavor of hazelnuts from the Langhe, the scent from the honey dissolved and enhanced by the eggs and sugar.
A simple cake, but not the usual cake.

 

Nougat Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 10

Nougat Cake

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz. wheat flour
  • 8 oz. sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1.7 fl.oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 fl. oz. milk
  • 7 oz. nougat (Italian torrone, if you can choose use the Torrone of Alba)
  • 0.5 oz. baking powder
  • For greasing the pan
  • butter and cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Using a kitchen knife and a meat mallet to break the nougat pezzetini very small, about 0.5-1 inch
  2. In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs and sugar
  3. Add the flour gradually, stirring constantly
  4. Pour the milk
  5. Pour the oil, always mixing
  6. Add the baking powder and mix it well
  7. And at this point pour the nougat cutted into small pieces
  8. Prepare a baking pan with butter and corn meal as usual
  9. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 30-40 minutes
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The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

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Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

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Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine @milkhoneyandrum.com

When the Barolo wine was not yet famous and the families were poor it was a diffuse practice to use the whole fruit also the most humble .
Pears and apples of old fruit trees that give fruits hard and dry where harvested and it was habits went into the woods to gather the wild . The mothers and grandmothers spent hours to prepare delicious meals with these fruits, often cooked for long time in wood stoves, which in Piedmont are called “putagè”.
But this recipe has another great aspect, it is not only delicious but, unlike what you may think about traditional dishes, has a very fast and simple preparation. You just need to pour all the ingredient in a pan
The recipe is originally called ” Martin sec” in Piedmontese and we prepare it as a dessert at the end of autumn dishes like “Piedmontese mixed fried” or the famous “Bagna cauda”.

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In order to prepare “Martin Sec” or pears baked in red barolo wine we use two special types of pear widespread in the Alps: the so called martin sec from which the recipe is named and the Madernassa pears. Both these cultivar are small and hard, impossible to eat raw, but delicious when cooked.

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You can prepare the pears baked in red barolo wine using Anjou, French butter or Bosc pears.
If it is difficult to find Barolo it is possible to use a Nebbiolo or other red wines that have a similar structure such as the Australian Shiraz or Pinot Noir.
Pears baked in red barolo wine have a pure & simple taste, aromatic and traditional. The house will be filled with the scent of Barolo and cloves.

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I’m sure you will love the flavor of pears baked in red barolo wine.

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

Ingredients

  • 10 pears Martin sec or Madernassa or another variety suitable for cooking
  • 16 fl.oz. Barolo wine (or Nebbiolo, or another wine with a similar structure like Pinot noir)
  • 10 oz. sugar
  • 2 cloves

Instructions

  1. Carefully wash the pears with water, taking care not to break the stem
  2. Arrange the pears in a baking pan
  3. Pour the wine
  4. Pour the sugar and add the 2 cloves
  5. Put in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for an hour so that the pears cook and wine and sugar form a a sauce scented with cloves
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Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine