Closed and Sad

Today was our first day of Code Orange lockdown.

Sunday is not Sunday with Bars, Pasticcerie, and Restaurants closed. Giving up espresso, cappuccino, and aperitivo is though.

We are glad that it is still possible to walk around the town and to use the parks for exercise. So there are many runners around.

But to see all the bars closed with the chairs piled up in a corner was sad.

Normally I would read my paper on my iPad at my favorite spot-which changes according to the season-with a cappuccino and a croissant. Not today.

Therefore the best thing to do is some home cooking.

I decided to try the shortcrust pastry without eggs, nor butter. But with flour, Bio of course. Coconut oil, soy milk or almond milk.

The result is very encouraging, especially when there will be fresh fruit to make a tart. Or, next time I shall keep it savory for a quiche with some vegetable.

I made biscottti, which are very good for breakfast with a coffee and milk, or for an afternoon tea.

These are the ingredients:

  • 300 gr. flour (the 00 type, and bio)
  • 700 ml. of coconut oil
  • 100 ml. of soymilk (I used Almond milk because I like it better, and I do it myself)
  • 60 gr. of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of yeast
  • a pinch of salt.

I always use my KitchenAid. therefore I put the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in the big bowl and start the mixing.

Then I add the coconut oil and mix. I’ll get a mixture that look like breadcrumbs, just like the classic shortcrust. Then I add the milk and mix some more. It is ready when the bowl is clean on the sides and the dough is one big ball.

I wrapped it with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Then I flattened with the roll pin, between two foils of parchment paper. The coconut oil tends to warm up fast and the dough becomes “oily.”

Once it is nicely flattened, about 1 inch; I just cut it in small round shapes, but if you are in a romantic mood go ahead with hearts and shapes like that.

20 minutes in the oven and they are ready. Powdered sugar on top and the total guilt-free cookies are ready.

Let’s Stay Home and safe!

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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