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Chocolate Tartufi and My Favorite Holiday Gift

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For those of you that came to my book reading /signing at the Warren Twp Library in Warren, NJ..here is the recipe for the chocolate ricotta tartufi that we enjoyed during the presentation.

Thanks to everyone that came out and to everyone at the library.  I enjoyed meeting everyone and sharing my stories of  Holidays spent in the mountains of Abruzzo and special undiscovered places in Italy and my Holiday recipes. The  stories  and recipes  are  included in my latest release The Basic Art of Italian Cooking :Holidays & Special Occasions, get your copy now in time for the Holidays.

Everyone in Italy is crazy for their decadent tartufi found in many parts of Italy and used sparingly on pizzas, salads, risottos, pasta, polenta as well as truffle oil. They are really a treasure to behold… and luckily for me they are found in parts of Abruzzo..someone usually sends them to our house before I get back in December..so the first thing I do when I get to our country home before Christmas is open up my freezer to find the tartufi ..waiting for me…my favorite Christmas present! You only need a little, so one tartufi will last for many dishes.

 But many desserts are made  in the shape of the treasured tartufi from ice cream desserts to little sweets. These (below)  are easy sweets to whip up in no time but taste like you have been baking all day. They are no bake as well. Tartufini means little tartufi or little truffles

Ricotta Chocolate Tartufini

*1 lb of ricotta

*1 lb  of  amaretti cookies crushed

*1 tbsp of  amaretto liqueur

*1/2 cup powdered sugar

* 1/2 cup powdered unsweetened cocoa

Mix ricotta with crushed amaretti, amaretto liqueur, sugar. Place powdered cocoa on a flat plate.  divide ricotta mixture into small balls the size of a nut (to resemble tartufi) and roll in the powdered cocoa, refrigerate for at least an hour or until served. Serve with  Bracchetto D’Acqui for a really festive touch.

Get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions  just in time for the Holidays

Hope to see you at: my book signings/readings at:
Dec 9th-Girls Night out-Chestnut Hill Business Association

December 12th-Franklin Twp Library

December 29-January 29th- Italy- I will be hosting one day semi private culinary and vineayrd tours and cooking classes. We still have a few spots open if you will be in Italy during that time and want to join one of our culinary tours or cooking programs email : events@marialiberati.com  for more info

 

In just a few more days we will be releasing The 209 Holiday Gift Guide..look out for some great and yummy special gifts for this Holiday Seasonholiday guide seal shadow box

Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene,

Maria

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