Rometti wishes everyone a Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter ! We hope you are all enjoying spending time with family and friends!
The Rometti Team
The biggest state in the Southern part of Germany is Bavaria, bordered by Austria and Switzerland to the south and Czech Republic to the east. It’s a land of castles and churches surrounded by an unbelievably picturesque landscape with breathtaking mountains, such as the Alps. Birth place of Weisswurst, created in Munich in 1857, and Pretzel, Bavaria has become one of the main destinations for tourists, especially thanks also to its variety of festivals and traditions during the holidays. The Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world.
Bavarian cuisine is based on lots of roasted meat, dumplings and flour based dishes. Being so close to Easter, we selected the famous Munich Apple Strudel (Münchner Apfelstrudel), an extremely popular pastry in Bavaria and also the rest of Germany.
Baked in a fireproof pan instead of a baking sheet like the Vienna apple strudel, the Munich Apple Strudel is a dough with the classic swirly look that has a filling made of chopped apples, raisins, roasted bread crumbs and cinnamon. Before baking, the filling is spread on the dough and rolled up into a log. Usually served warm alone or with some vaminna ice cream, the Apfelstrudel is an excellent holiday dessert, perfect for Christmas but incredibly successful throughout the year!
10−1/2 oz. bread flour
l/6 oz. salt
1−l/2 oz. vegetable oil
5−1/3 oz. water, lukewarm
4−1/2 lb. apples, sliced
5−l/3 oz. granulated sugar
1−1/2 oz. dark rum
5−1/3 oz. raisins
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 lemons (juice and peel)
For the buttered breadcrumbs:
10−1/2 oz. butter (unsalted)
10−1/2 oz. bread crumbs
Knead flour, salt, oil and water into a medium−firm dough. Divide into 3 small round loaves, brush each loaf with melted butter and let sit for 1 hour.
Peel, core and slice apples. Mix in granulated sugar, raisins, grated lemon peel, lemon Juice, rum, cinnamon and blend together well.
Roll the dough loaves with a rolling pin, then stretch rolled dough on a strudel sheet with the backs of your hands.
Coat 2/3 of dough sheet with buttered breadcrumbs, spread apple filling over remaining 1/3 of dough.
Tear off edges, shape strudel into roll by lifting strudel sheet. Place strudel on a buttered baking sheet and brush with melted butter.
Bake strudel for 60 to 90 minutes in a 400F to 425F oven.
recipe from http://www.spatenbeer.com
image by David Murray
Happy Hour Tuesday!
Although you might still be wearing warm and cozy coats, the “New at Starbuck’s” menu suggests Hazelnut Macchiato instead of a passion fruit iced tea, not all the trees and plants is your backyard have bloomed and your outdoor furniture for lazy Sunday BBQs is still hidden under a dark, waterproof cover… it is finally Spring! And with the new season, we are ready to present you lots of fun, colorful, fresh and tasty drinks like Lemon Anise Slush, a delicious, peppery cocktail with a thick texture, just like those slushy drinks that many years ago at one of the many trips to the park you couldn’t help but ask Grandma to buy!
Lemon Anise Slush is suitable for kids and adults who, of course, will be adding some optional ingredients – such as vodka and limoncello – to the mix. Anise, that is used in so many liquors and spirits like absinthe, Jagermeister and Sambuca, has a flavor similar to fennel. As a matter of fact, just like fennel, it contains anethole and phytoestrogen, the first one being a compound used to flavor substances, the second one being a nutrient that seems to have effects on regulation of cholesterol and prevention of breast and prostate disease, and possibly of osteoporosis. Anise, with its peppery flavor, is also widely used as a culinary herb.
Lemon Anise Slush is a smooth, flavorful drink that will bring together young an adults for a happy hour that, with a little tweak for the grown-ups, embraces the whole family!
1/2 cup Fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Sugar (or honey)
3/4 tsp Anise seeds
1 cup Water (or yogurt, vodka or pilsner for adult version)
Ice cubes (to fill blender)
2 tbsps Rometti Limoncello
In a blender put juice, sugar or honey and seeds for about thirty seconds.
Add water (or yoghurt, or vodka), and ice until the blender is filled up. Blend until smooth. Add water if the mixer looks too thin, but don’t add too much, we still want to keep a good consistency. If the seeds stick to the blender scrape them to get an even slush. Add Rometti Limoncello as a final taste and serve immediately.
Recipe and image from 101 Cookboks- a recipe journal by Heidi Swanson.
This week’s recipe come from one of the Southern states of Germany: Baden-Wuttemberg, one of the largest states in the country that confines with three other German states as well as with Austria and Switzerland. This is where the famous Black Forest is located, but also car makers such as Porsche, and Audi! As a matter of fact tourism and automobile industries are extremely important for Baden-Wuttemberg.
In terms of cooking, we find three different ways of cooking in this region: Baden Cooking, Franconian Cooking and Swabian Cooking. Soups and pasta are typical of the Swabian region; Bratwurst, cabbage and potatoes are popular in the Franconian Cooking; cheese, meat and cakes are typical of the Baden Cooking.
The dish that we selected from this state is called Beef Rouladen (the term comes from the French “rouler“, to roll): it a slice of beef rolled on a filling of bacon, onions, mustard and pickles, covered with wine stock and cooked. You can also use pork meat as a filling, or Black Forest Ham.
The origin of this dish is humble: in times of poverty all that people could grow in their garden was the main resource for cooking. Round steak, also known as rump steak was the cheapest meat you could findt, and the preparation was relatively easy. So easy – and inexpensive – that was made for German troops during the war, yet it became a Thanksgiving and Christmas dish.
Commonly served with potatoes, cabbage, or spatzle, and covered in gravy, this dish can be a delicious entree for both holiday dinners and Sunday gatherings.
2 lb. Brisket or rump, beef, sliced thin
2 tbsp Mustard
1 – 2 Gherkin (sour pickles) or 1 dill pickle
2 Slices of bacon (about 40 grams Speck)
1/2 tbsp Butter (or Butterschmalz)
1/2 tbsp Oil (or Butterschmalz)
1-2 Stalks celery
1/2 cups Dry red wine
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley for garnish
Slice the beef about 1/4 inch thick across the large surface. This can be done with a slicing machine or by the butcher, or by hand with a very sharp knife. This works best when the meat is partially frozen. Lay beef out flat.
Cut pickle lengthwise into strips, dice onion and bacon very fine.
Spread each slice with mustard, fill one end with 1 – 2 tablespoons of onion, 2 slices of pickle and some diced bacon.
Roll up from the filled end and tie with string (tie like you are wrapping a present or use a modified blanket stich), or use turkey lacers (in Germany they are called “Rouladennadel”) to keep them closed.
Melt the butter and oil in a saucepan or Dutch oven and brown the outside of the roulade in it.
Meanwhile, dice the carrot and celery.
Remove the roulades to a plate, add the “Suppengrün” or mirepoix and sauté for a few minutes, until soft. Place the beef rolls back on top of the vegetables, add a half cup of red wine and a little water, to make about 1/2 inch of liquid in the pan.
Add the bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon of salt (depends on how salty the bacon is) and some grinds of pepper, cover and braise over low heat for two hours, or until beef is tender.
Remove beef roulades and keep warm. Puree sauce and thicken (optional) with a little cream, sour cream or “Wondra” (like Sossenbinder”) flour. Season to taste with more salt and pepper as needed. Place roulades back in sauce until serving time.
Serve with boiled potatoes (“Dampfkartoffeln” or parsley potatoes) or “Spaetzle” noodles and red cabbage.
Recipe from http://germanfood.about.com/od/meatbasedrecipesandmenu/r/Beef-Roulade.htm
Image © Cazals, Jean
Happy Hour Tuesday!
This week we are presenting a sweet, mouth-watering, heavenlicious drink: Lemon Meringue Martini. Yes, you heard me, it sounds like a dessert more than a drink, doesn’t it? And, trust me, it tastes like one too!
Although it is called “Lemon Meringue Martini“, there is no gin nor vermouth, however the presentation of the drink is a nod as its served in a Martini glass, which complements perfectly to the island-shape of the whipped cream shaped as a meringue. The main ingredient is Pinnacle Vodka, originally of France and well known because of its variety of flavors. For this particular cocktail we are going to use the Pinnacle Whipped, which as you can imagine has a whipped cream flavor. If some of you have never tasted it, it is worth a shot in the very sense of the word: this type of vodka is easy to drink by itself as well as it can be easily mixed with other liqueur.
The sweetness of the cream, mixed with the simple syrup gives that hint of meringue taste, with its typical sweetness and airiness which marry the crispiness of the citrusy flavor of limoncello.
Sometimes you are in the mood for sweets, other times you wish you’d be sipping on a drink, but if you want both and can’t make up your mind then here is the solution for you: Lemon Meringue Martini is what you are looking for when it’s too late for a snack and too early for dinner. It’s a sweet treat before or after dinner.
2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
1 oz Rometti Limoncello
1 oz Half-and-Half Or Cream (you can also use a fat free cream)
1 oz Whipped Cream Topping
In a plastic bag crush the meringues.
Add vodka, Rometti Limoncello, cream and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the whipped cream topping and sprinkle some crushed meringues on top of it.
Image from: http://hungrycouplenyc.blogspot.com
The protagonist of this week’s Cook N Bake German Series is one of Germany’s newest states, created in 1990 after the Reunification. Very close to Brandenburg (of which we talked about last week), Poland and Czech Republic, Saxony is a green land enriched with forests, mountains, and river valleys.
Saxony’s culinary tradition can be easily summarized as Kaffeehauskultur, “coffee house culture”. Coffee and cakes are in fact the main recipes of the region. Although Germany did not have colonies where to grow coffee, that in the 17th century started becoming very popular throughout all Europe, Saxony soon became very proud of its weak cup of coffe, or Blumchenkaffee, “little flower coffee”. The name Blumchenkaffee originated with the introduction of the Meissen porcelain cups, made in Saxony and famous all over the world. At the bottom of these cups there is a painted flower decoration, which is still visible if the coffee poured into the cup is too weak.
Together with coffee, a piece of Stollen is often served. This week’s recipe is Dresden Stollen, a fruit cake containing dried fruit, nuts and spices, often covered in powdered sugar. Typical of the Christmas season (similarly to the Italian Panettone), a stollen can be called Dresden Stollen only if maid in Dresden, must contain at least 3 g of butter, 7 grams of dried fruit, candied orange and lemon peels, and 1 g o almonds. Originally it was made only with flour, oats and water, as the church doctrine banned the use of butter and milk during the Advent. Ernst of Saxony, together with his brother Albrecht, had to write to the Pope and request the ban to be lifted, from the moment that the cake without butter was quite tasteless. The Pope replied to the letter, known as the “butter letter” and since then butter was allowed for the cake.
Stollen appeared for the first time in 1427, when it was baked in the Saxon Royal Court. Dresden Stollen goes back to then, and in 1474 was the main sweet at the Dresden’s Christmas market, which still exists today and hosts a parade in which a carriage takes the Stollen through the streets of Dresden.
For the Fruit:
1 cup mixed candied fruit
1 cup raisins
3 tablespoons dark rum or orange juice
For the Sponge:
1 scant tablespoon or 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
For the Dough:
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
3 to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Oil, for coating bowl
For the Filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
For the Topping:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Prepare Fruit: Combine the mixed fruit, raisins, and rum. Cover and set aside. Shake or stir the mixture every so often to coat the fruit with the rum.
Prepare Sponge: In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast in the water to soften. Heat the milk to 110 degrees F and add it to the yeast along with the honey and 1 cup flour. Cover the sponge with plastic wrap and let rise until light and full of bubbles, about 30 minutes.
By Hand: Add the fruit mixture, honey, egg, butter, zest, salt, mace, almonds, and 2 cups of the flour to the sponge. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead, adding flour a little at a time, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
By Mixer: In the mixer bowl, add the fruit mixture, honey, egg, butter, zest, salt, mace, almonds, and 2 cups of the flour to the sponge. Using the paddle, beat the mixture on medium low speed for 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. Change to the dough hook. Continue to add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough just begins to clean the bowl. Knead 4 to 5 minutes on medium-low.
First rise: Put the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat the entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a tightly woven towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Shape and Fill: Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. For 1 large loaf, roll the dough into a 9 by 13-inch oval. For 2 loaves, divided the dough in half and roll each half into a 7 by 9-inch oval. Brush the melted butter over the top of the oval(s). Combine the cinnamon and granulated sugar and sprinkle over one lengthwise half of the oval(s). Fold the dough in half lengthwise and carefully lift the bread(s) onto a parchment-lined or well-greased baking sheet. Press lightly on the folded side to help the loaf keep its shape during rising and baking.
Second rise: Cover with a tightly woven towel and let rise for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven: About 10 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake and cool: Bake for 25 minutes until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190 degrees F. Immediately remove from the baking sheet and place on a rack to cool.
To serve: Sprinkle heavily with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.
Variation: Between 2 pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap, roll 3 ounces almond paste or marzipan into the lengthwise shape of half the oval. Omit the butter and cinnamon-sugar filling. Place the marzipan on half of the oval and fold the dough in half. Let rise and bake as directed.
Notes: One cup coarsely chopped mixed dried fruits may be substituted for the candied fruit. Cover the dried fruit with boiling water and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Drain and use as you would candied fruit. You can also make your own candied fruit and peel. This bread freezes nicely for up to 6 months. If freezing it, do not sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. To serve, first thaw the bread, then bake on a baking sheet in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com
Happy Hour Tuesday!
Have you checked your clocks, you know what that means: we are officially entering the Spring-Summer season, when the days are longer and the nights..well they can be long or short depending on how much fun you want to have 😉 If you love sunny days and are looking forward to the new season, if you can’t wait to enjoy happy hours with friends, family or colleges while the sun is still shining in the sky, then you will probable love this cocktail recipe, which we found on http://www.yoursouthernpeach.com.
Cranberry Lemon Martini is a fun, colorful and fruity version of the classic Martini. Martini is an alluring drink that has been playing a significant, fashionable role in the American cocktail history. The cone shaped glass is supposed to be both visually pleasant and functional: as a matter of fact its shape was introduced to keep the ingredients from separating, yet it also had the perfect opening to garnish with olives, which have become a recognizable symbol for Martinis.
Cranberry Lemon Martini can be as classy as it can be casual, an elegant drink to savor to the very last sip!
3 oz Vodka
1 oz Rometti Limoncello
3 oz Pure Cranberry Juice
Lemon slices to garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, Rometti Limoncello and cranberry juice over it, stir and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with lemon.
Recipe by wwww.yoursouthernpeach.com
Image by Amy Mikkelsen
Let us continue our journey through Germany by moving to the North East, to the region of Brandenburg, where castles and historical monuments are the center of attraction in a peaceful land where trees and rivers are a common landscape. It because of this lush landscape vegetables seem to be the dominant ingredients in the local cuisine. It’s not a coincidence that Brandenburg the city is called “Berlin’s vegetable garden“! Local here is the key: most restaurants use only locally grown ingredients. Among them potatoes definitively has a principal role. Seafood is also characteristic of the Brandenburg cuisine, as many dishes based on eel, carp, crayfish and pike tell us.
There is no other dish that describes Brandenbug cuisine better than the famous Cold Potato Salad (Einfacher Kartoffelsalat). Although potatoes are typical ingredients throughout the country, each region differentiates its potato salatd because of different ingredients. In this case, dill pickles are used to dress it. Hard boiled eggs can also be added. Whether iti s warm or cold, Einfaher Kartoffelsalad is a great side dish for hamburger patties, sausages, and other vegetables.
Ingredients (serves 6-8):
approx. 3 lb. potatoes, cut up, approx. 8 cups
1 tsp. salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup liquid from dill pickles
1/4 to 1 small onion, chopped (amount is your preference)
3 – 4 dill pickles, chopped (more or less to taste)
salt and pepper to season, dill weed to season
Wash and cut up unpeeled potatoes. Put in pot with hot water, 1 tsp. salt, and bring to boil. Watch that it doesn’t boil over (it foams).
Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes, until just tender. Do not overcook. Meanwhile, in serving bowl, add mayonnaise and pickle juice. Whisk until smooth.
Add chopped onion and dill pickle to dressing.
Drain potatoes when tender (save cooking water is desired, see above). Add to dressing in serving bowl. Mix gently.
Season with extra salt, pepper, and dill weed.
Serve hot, warm, or cold. The longer you let it stand, the more flavor is developed, but it does taste great immediately.
Happy Hour Tuesday!
if there is something that a bartender should know is how to make delicious cocktails that can turn the worst day into a good day. If you can poetically combining alcohol and ingredients in fact, in order to create a subliminal savory drink, every sip becomes a heavenly warmth that embraces you.
This week Rometti would like to cheer to all of those bartenders that put their soul into mixing, shaking, and serving with a smile on their face. We know it’s not easy, especially when across the bar you never know who is waiting for one of your creations, whether it is the old neighbor that lives down the street or a drunk crazy lady/man that entertains friends and strangers with made up stories.
The drink we selected for this week is called The Paradiso, where “the” stands for the Italian article “il” (may you or may not know that Italians love to put articles in front of names!). Sophisticated in his fruity hints of berries and zesty aromas, The Paradiso is another Italian cocktail statement that combines Campari, orange juice and limoncello. Salute!
-1 1/2 oz. orange vodka
-1/2 oz. Rometti Limoncello
– 1/2 oz. Campari
– 1 oz. fresh orange juice
– Dried cranberries for garnish
Combine all ingredients except the drired cranberries in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with dried cranberries, either skewered on a cocktail spear or floated on the drink.