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21 February 2015


This is one of the first easy recipes we will bring to you here: something productive to do on a rainy and lazy Sunday in Milan. Fresh yeast is at the base of what we call ‘pangoccioli’ and they are just the best thing to have in the house if you have children, as you can make them on a Sunday and freeze them for the rest of the week. Pop them in the oven for a few minutes and they will make a tasty and homemade breakfast treat. You may actually prefer them at 4pm with coffee and so do children, but with a cup of fresh orange juice of course.

What you need:

250 g Manitoba flour

50 g ‘00’ flour

100 ml warm milk

40 g unsalted butter

1 egg

80 g sugar

20 g fresh yeast ( usually a cube)

100 g chocolate


Stir the yeast into the warm milk and add the sugar until a light foam forms on top. Pour everything in a bowl where you have previously placed the two kinds of flour, butter, egg: mix all the ingredients. Work the dough until elastic and uniform – use your hands or a silicon spoon – then place it in a clean bowl and leave to rise for at least 4 hours before adding finely chopped chocolate. Form 15 buns and place on an oven plate you have coated with greaseproof paper. Bake for 15/20 minutes at 170 C, checking that your buns don’t get brown too quickly.

Happy days!

You can use all the scraps of chocolate I can find in the kitchen, so this week it had to be dark cinnamon chocolate.


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