The children are all on holiday from school to celebrate Carnevale. There 's a queue for the swings and slides in the playground, grandparents are having fun taking their small charges to buy the bread. Everyone is looking forward to feasting on crostole,fritelle. We have bought jumbo packs of coriandoli, stelle filanti, confetti and streamers. In our house we have pancakes and I had another dummy-run today to the delight of the children. I thought I'd throw in another couple of treats to add some spice for the grown-ups.
Strawberries dipped in chocolate
Simply wash and dry carefully some strawberries, leaving them whole. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan that fits over another with hot water. Pour into a bowl, put the strawberries on long cocktail sticks and enjoy the sensual pleasure of the creamy chocolate and the first strawberries of the year.
4 golden delicious apples, perled and cored and left whole
4 heaped tbsp condensed milk
4 tbsp sultanas
4 tsp pinoli, pine nuts
2 tbsp rum or sherry
2 tsp sugar
Butter an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar. Arrange the 4 apples and fill the cored centres with the pine nuts and sultanas.spoin over the condensed milk and sprinkle over the liqueur of your choice and flecks of butter. Bake in the oven at 180 for about 20 minutes until apples are soft.if liked sprinkle with cinnamon. You can also cook these in the microwave. Cover with clingfilm and cook for 10 minutes. Decorate with walnuts.