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When life gives you lemons..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 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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