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After many of my posts praising the little known Italian cornetti (as compared to its’ French cousin -the croissant) and how my long flight into Rome is spent with my mind pondering which coffee bar I will get to first to have my first cornetto. After landing, once I find my luggage, my goal is to have a cornetto and cappuccino to wake me up.. it seems that I just can’t function without that first cornetto and cappuccino..once downed they are like a magic potion to wake me up for no matter how long my day is………. filled with meetings or functions or events.
Here is the recipe so many of you have been emailing and requesting for- fresh cornetti to make at home. If this is your first time making these be sure to have a few hours to try this recipe out. Sorry for taking so long to put this up here, but it takes almost as long to write out the recipe as it does to bake them. Of course there are many versions, this is just one home made version, but I think it is the easiest for the home cook to try.
3 cups flour (can use whole wheat flour for a whole wheat version)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp honey
4 tblsps sunflower seed oil
1 cake yeast or 1 packet powdered yeast
1 cup tepid milk
pinch of salt
1 tsp real vanilla
Brush on topping:
2 egg yolks
2 tsps sugar
pinch of milk
Melt yeast in tepid ( warm not hot) milk. Place flour in center of large bowl or wooden board, make a well, place in center the dissolved yeast/milk mixture, and all ingredients. Mix for approximately 20 minutes till you have a smooth dough, then cover dough and let rise in a warm (not hot place) for approximately one hour.
Cut the dough into triangles and place a spoonful of honey or marmalade in the center. an easy way to do this would be to first form dough into a circle by using a large plate to cut a large circle of dough,.The cut circle into triangles, place a spoonful of marmalade or honey on center and let triangles rise this way for approximately 40 minutes.
To top cornetti before baking
In a bowl., mix another 2 egg yolks, 2 tsps of sugar and a drop of milk.
roll up the triangles into the shape of a cornetti. Place parchment paper on baking sheet, place cornetti on top, brush this mixture on top of each cornetti and bake in oven preheated to 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden.
If you’d like to serve them with cappuccino- here’s how to make it at home
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