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Lemons from Amalfi, and a Lemon Ricotta Bread Recipe

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When life gives you know how the saying goes….

One particular thing I forgot to highlight from my last blog post while filming my first PBS TV episode in the hills of Amalfi…was my favorite souvenir from the Amalfi Coast…. the Amalfi Lemons known as the limone sfusati of Amalfi ( the lemons of Amalfi that are long and in the shape of a fuse).  I saved at  least one Amalfi lemon from almost every stop there.


The best lemons in the world are grown there and the best place to find them is the lemon terraces owned by the Aceto family..the family has been cultivating these lemons for hundreds of years. They have trees that are a few hundred years old (as you will see from this upcoming  segment on PBS). But they love their lemons and are passionate about the care they give the lemon trees. From the  water the lemon trees get-  that comes from the spring- to hand picking the lemons..they are taken care of just as if they are like one of the family (and they have been part of the family for hundreds of years)….the prized possessions of the family and the taste and smell of these lemons are a testament to that..lemons so fragrant..and no pesticides ever touch their skin…so you can eat the lemon and the peel..


Besides providing a perfume to my kitchen, they really make a recipe ‘pop’ with flavor…I was able to use them for a special ‘treccia’ that is a traditional one made for Easter. But you can make this anytime of the year. There are only a few ingredients so you must use the best of each one..freshly made ricotta and  the most fragrant, chemical free  lemons you can find (of course lemons of Amalfi are the perfect choice for this recipe).



Treccia con Limone (Lemon Braided Bread)

2 cups 00 Flour-sifted

1 pound freshly made ricotta

grated peel of one organic lemon

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp pure vanilla

1 egg

1 egg for the top

decorative sugar granules


Blend sugar with ricotta till well blended. Add in egg, vanilla, then sift in flour and baking powder a little at a time, mixing with wooden spoon after each addition. Then blend dough by hand and  place on a wooden board that has been dusted with flour. If dough is too sticky add in more flour till firmer consistency. Form dough into 6 long cylinders. Use 3 to make one treccia or braid, so that you will have 2 treccia. Place on a cookie sheet that has been covered with baking paper. Beat remaining  egg and with pastry brush, paint tops of braids with egg, sprinkle with sugar granules Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until top of braid is golden.


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We will be filming more episodes in other ‘splendiferous’ parts of Italy shortly as well as some in kitchen  episodes at the new PBS studios in Bethlehem PA



* Join Me on May 10th- at the  Culinary Institute at Montgomery County Community College- Cooking Authentic Tuscan Style- Cooking Class, with 5 course Tuscan meal and wine sampling! You will receive a copy of my latest book on Tuscan cooking The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Da Vinci Style, sample my Tuscan spice blend and more. registration is limited, reservations are required. Call  Thomas at The Culinary Institute at 215-641-6486215-641-6486 or go to or  email us at   

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*May 24th- Casa Casale (the ultimate Italian foodie store and more) , located in Lahaska, Pa- book signing and cooking demo  the Gourmand Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occcasions-2nd edition.  Casa Casale is located in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pa, event will take place between 12 and 3 PM. Event is free and open to the public and includes sampling. For more info call Casa Casale at 215-794-7474215-794-1474 or go to See you there!










* May 31st-June 1st Join Me at Great Grapes in Hunt Valley, Maryland :

Festival is from 12 pm to 6 pm 
Cooking demo is on Saturday, May 31st at 4 pm and Sunday, May 1st at 1 pm.

Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Saturday, May 31st, 12 PM to 2 PM, E•N•Olivier extraordinary oils & vinegars, 

1407 Clarkview Road, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD, 21209 (across from Princeton Sports),
book signing and sampling

E•N•Olivier extraordinary oils & vinegars

* July18-20.. FESTA ITALIANA, Milwaukee Wisconsin. …counting down to my appearance at the biggest Italian Festival in the USA> Hope you can join me for a Celebration of all things Italian! Get discounted tickets here I don’t see them

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