Italian

Light vegetable soup

Light-vegetable-soupIngredients:
* 940 ml (30 fl oz / 3 3/4 cups) vegetable stock, made from vegetable trimmings or stock cube
* 2 carrots, peeled
* 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
* 90 g (3 oz) button mushrooms, thinly sliced
* 60 g (2 oz / 3/4 cup) frozen peas
* 30 g (1 oz/2 tablespoons) small pasta shells
* salt and pepper
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Tomato & pasta soup

Tomato--pasta-soupIngredients:
* 8 tomatoes
* 60g (2oz / 1/4cup) butter
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/3 cup) ditalini or elbow macaroni
* 1 litre (32 fl oz/4cups) chicken stock
* pinch of saffron powder
* pinch of chilli powder
* salt
* sprigs of parsley, to garnish

White onion soup

White-onion-soupIngredients:
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) butter
* 3 onions, finely sliced
* 3 teaspoons plain flour
* 315 ml (10 fl oz / 1 1/4 cups) boiling water
* 940 ml (30 fl oz / 3 3/4 cups) milk
* 60 g (2 oz / 2/3 cup) straight vermicelli, broken into 1 cm (1/2 in) pieces
* salt and pepper
* bacon rolls and sprigs of parsley, to garnish

Minestrone soup 2

Minestrone-soupIngredients:
* 9 teaspoons olive oil
* 4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into matchsticks
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2 sticks celery, chopped
* 250g (8oz) white cabbage, roughly shredded
* 1 courgette (zucchini), diced
* 125 g (4 oz) French beans, cut into2.5cm (1 in) lengths
* 1.5 litres (2 1/2 pints/6 cups) chicken stock
* 440g (14 oz) can tomatoes
* salt and pepper
* 125 g (4 oz / 3/4 cup) macaroni
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
* freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Polenta bread

Polenta-breadIngredients:
* 220 g (7 oz / 1 1/3 cups) coarse ground cornmeal
* 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) plain flour
* 1 heaped teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 220 ml (7 fl oz/1 cup) hand-hot water

To serve:
* salad

Garibaldi Cocktail

Garibaldi-Cocktail-Ingredients:
* 3/10 Bitter Campari
* 7/10 Succo d’Arancia

Grape bread

Grape-breadIngredients:
* 1 quantity Deep Pan Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 1
* 30 g (1 oz/5 teaspoons) caster sugar

Filling:
* 375 g (12 oz) red seedless grapes
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) caster sugar

To serve:
* extra sugar and pouring cream

Panettone

PanettoneIngredients:
* 30g (1 oz / 6 teaspoons) fresh (compressed) yeast, or 2 tablespoons dried active yeast
* 90 ml (3 fl oz / 1/3 cup) hand-hot water
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/3 cup) sugar
* 4 egg yolks
* few drops vanilla essence
* grated peel of 1 lemon
* 375 g (12 oz/3 cups) strong white flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 90 g (3 oz / 1/3 cup) butter, softened
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/3 cup) chopped candied peel
* 45 g (1 1/2 oz/2 tablespoons) raisins
* 45 g (1 1/2 oz/2 tablespoons) sultanas
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) butter, melted, for brushing

Berry cheesecake pizza

Berry-cheesecake-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Crumble Pizza Dough, made to end of step 3

Topping:
* 500 g (1 lb) strawberries
* 375g (12oz) curd or low fat cheese
* 125 ml (4 fl oz l 1/2 cup) milk
* grated peel of 1/2 orange
* 4 tablespoons orange juice
* 2 tablespoons clear honey
* 1 egg, beaten
* 2 tablespoons redcurrant jelly
* whipped cream and strawberry leaves, to decorate

Orange liqueur pizza

Orange-liqueur-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Deep Pan Pizza Dough, shaped and ready for topping

Topping:
* 30 g (1 oz/6 teaspoons) butter, melted, for brushing
* 3 oranges
* 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
* 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
* 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
* bay leaves, to decorate

Banana maple syrup pizza

Banana-maple-syrup-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Traditional Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 3

Topping:
* 30 g (1 oz/6 teaspoons) butter, melted
* 4 bananas
* 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
* 60 g (2 oz l 1/2 cup) chopped walnuts

To serve:
* whipped cream and maple syrup

Pear & ginger pizza

Pear--ginger-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Deep Pan Pizza Dough, shaped and ready for topping

Topping:
* 4 pears, peeled and cored
* 3 tablespoons apple and pear spread
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/2 cup) chopped walnuts
* 2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
* 60 g (1 oz/6 teaspoons) butter, melted
* crystallized ginger and angelica, to decorate

To serve:
* whipped cream

Christmas calzoni

Christmas-calzoniIngredients:
* 1 quantity Deep Pan Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 1
* icing sugar for dusting

Filling:
* 125g (4 oz / 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
* 125 g (4 oz / 3/4 cup) icing sugar, sifted
* 125 g (4 oz / 2/3 cup) soft brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon milk
* 1 tablespoon brandy
* 6 tablespoons mincemeat

Lemon meringue pizza

Lemon-meringue-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Traditional Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 3

Topping:
* 9 teaspoons cornflour
* juice and grated peel 2 lemons
* 220 g (7 oz/1 cup) caster sugar
* 2 eggs, separated
* star fruit and lemon balm, to decorate

Apple pie pizza

Apple-pie-pizzaIngredients:
* 1 quantity Crumble Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 3

Topping:
* 3 tablespoons apple and pear spread, see Note
* 2 tablespoons apple juice or water
* 3 cooking apples, peeled and cored
* 60 g (2 oz/2 tablespoons) sultanas
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/2 cup) chopped walnuts
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/2 cup) soft brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 125g (4 oz) marzipan

To serve:
* apple slices and whipped cream

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