I’ve been waiting for the moment that Fabrizio would be able to share a part of his life in the restaurant with my blog and my readers. It’s summertime and that moment has arrived! Summertime is when the kids and I get to catch up on all the lost time from the busy winter season with our chef-daddy. The winter is packed with weddings, parties, special events, and all the regular customers that love to eat Fabrizio’s amazing food!
Orecchie di Elefante-Palmier Cookies
1 sheet of puff pastry
2 cups granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 300 F. Follow the puff pastry defrosting directions. Lay out puff pastry sheet on a clean working surface. With a pastry brush, brush one side of the puff pastry with water. Sprinkle about a handful of sugar on the wet puff pastry.
Begin to roll the sheet but the horizontal ends of the sheet. Fold down each side until you reach the middle.
Right before cutting, toss a little more sugar over the roll and roll it around in the sugar. Cut into the rolls slices that are about 1 1/2 inches thick.
Lay out the slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10minutes or until golden brown. Then raise the heat to 450 F for about 4 minutes. This will give the cookies a nice caramelized color.
While I was there, they were making pizza for the staff for their early lunch before the restaurant opens. San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, on top of a light and crispy crust. Simple and delicious!
After lunch, we enjoyed a really good espresso with Paolo, one of our managers and great friends. Paolo (on the right) was upset because an Italian vendor came by and had just told him he “seems a little rounder”. We celebrated this observation with that plate of beautiful cookies.
Here’s Fabrizio at an event at Trump’s Golf Course. Pretty ladies from The Breakers hotel came by to say “hi”!
I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse at another side of our life. I’ll be sharing more recipes from my talented and adorable chef!
Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends. Enjoy the simpler things in life.
Take a moment to thank and remember the men and women that have served our country. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that that is really what this holiday is about.