Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Cake Boss of Lecce

DSCN1059Special occasions and holidays always required a visit to the Italian bakery.


  The smell of fresh baked bread, the cookies with unpronounceable names waited in an endless glass case to be selected, it was too hard to choose a favorite. 
Until I visited Lecce in Puglia I had never tried a pasticciotta, a specialty of this Southern Italian region.





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  Each pastry crust (cup) is filled with a sweet custard.    They can also be filled with a chocolate custard and frosted.      Pastricciotta are found in all the bars in Lecce and can be served warm with your favorite cafĂ©.  

     The ‘dolce boss’ of Lecce is undoubtedly  Luca Capilungo.    His shop is more desert boutique where seasonal displays create a fantasy world.   The cakes and gift platters become a part of the theme created.    This talented chef has posted the ingredients for pastricotta on his web site so that you can enjoy them this holiday.







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The recipe for pastricotta

luca65855_323051497795734_743229227_nCake Pasticciotto Lecce                                                        
Ingredients for 15 people
pastry
- 500 grams of sugar
- 500 grams of lard
- 8 eggs
- 5 grams of ammonia for cakes  (baking powder)
- 1 kg of flour

custard
- 400 grams of sugar
- 8 egg yolks
- 150 grams of flour
- 1 liter of milk
- Lemon peel q. b.
- Cherries q. b.

photos from Luca Capilungo's web page.   Video from my visit to be on line soon.

5 comments:

  1. Great article and photos!!! Lecce is an amazing place. Thank you,Lee

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    1. thank you..... I have a great video from my visit to Luca's shop......it will be posted soon..... I will be reading your posts for my trip in November...... I specialize in travel for solo mature travelers and I may find some interesting places for solos to visit

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  2. That would be wonderful, Lee. We are always posting new articles. We would be happy to RT your posts.

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    1. that is GREAT. I will be glad to share the posts I do on this 45 day adventure. The goal is a post every other day on non tourist topics....

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    2. I am trying to find your web page or FB page, can you send me the link??

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