During the Spring 2012 I taught one of many interdisciplinary undergraduate seminars in the Experimental Study Group at MIT. Each class is based on the preparation of a simple delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture.
Videography by Graham Gordon Ramsay.

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Buon divertimento!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Torta o crostata di frutta

For the complete video click here.

Ingredienti:

pasta frolla (see the post from yesterday) 
crema pasticcera (see the post from yesterday) 
- la tua frutta preferita (your favorite fruit, e.g. berries, grapes, mandarines, kiwi,banana)

We used:

- una banana
- due kiwi
- more (blackberries)
- fragole (strawberries)
- uva (grapes)

Other common berries:  lamponi (raspberries), mirtilli (blueberries), ribes (to read with Italian pronunciation, red currant)

Procedimento:

0 - Riscalda il forno a 180 C (warm up the oven at 350 F)
1- Prepare a batch of pasta frolla
2- Cut a piece of carta da forno (parchment paper) the size of your pie pan
3- Flatten the pasta frolla on a flat surface dusted with flour and transfer it into the pie pan. Use your hands to press the dough into the mold (it should be about 0.5 cm = 1/5" thick) and trim the excess dough
4- Prick the dough con una forchetta (with a fork)
5- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Once it is ready, let it cool down
6- In the meantime prepare a batch of crema pasticcera and let it cool down
7- Spread the crema pasticcera evenly
8- Decorate with the fruit (washed and cut)

Commenti e varianti:

- When the pie crust is ready, you can spread a thin layer of melted dark chocolate and let it cool before
 you spread the crema pasticcera
- if you prepare it in advance, you may want to mix the cut fruit with lemon juice, so it does not
 blacken,  and top the torta with unflavored gelatine

La crostata

For the complete video click here!

This Italian classic is more difficult to describe than to bake =)

Ingredienti:

- pasta frolla (see the post from yesterday) 
- 1 jar (vasetto, lit. little cute vase) of your favorite jam or Nutella

Procedimento:

0 - Riscalda il forno a 180 C (warm up the oven at 350 F)
1- Prepare a batch of pasta frolla
2- Cut a piece of carta da forno (parchment paper) the size of your pie pan
3- Flatten 3/4 of the pasta frolla on a flat surface dusted with flour and transfer it into the pie pan. Use your hands to press the dough into the mold (it should be about 0.5 cm = 1/5" thick) and trim the excess dough
4- Prick the dough con una forchetta (with a fork)
5- Spread the jam or nutella evenly
6- Flatten the rest of the dough and cut it in strips that you will arrange on top of the crostata, in an open lattice pattern (see the photo below) 
7- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown



Your first crostata (it still needs a few minutes in the oven): bravi!