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>> Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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I first saw the scrumptious sfogliatella over at my friend Gattina’s blog. She did such an incredible job that I was totally speechless. The pastry looked beautiful and was described as having crunchy crust with creamy filling. Everything about it was irresistible and I knew I just had to try it one day.

And I finally made and tried it. It was a time-consuming job, but these pastries worth every single moment spent. The thin pastry layers were absolutely crunchy, and the filling was beautifully creamy and fragrant.

Sfogliatella was originated from 16th century in Naples. According to this website, although its English name is Lobster Tail, the literal translation should be “unfold that leaf”. But with my novice hands, these pastries shape turn out quite differently. Perhaps it is because I decided to make the mini version to avoid overeating? Or perhaps the picture I had in mind when shaping these was of seashell shape rather than lobster tail? Anyway, I have decided to call mine seashell, which is more suitable to the final products that I got…

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The recipe I followed is from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, a new addition to my fast growing cookbook collection. I halved the recipe and made mini versions of the pastries so I could eat two or three at once without feeling too much guilt. My mini pastries were about 1/3 to 1/2 of the size shown in the book or on Gattina’s blog…

As Gattina described, you need to roll the dough very thin using a pasta machine. For the filling, fresh ricotta and other ingredients are required. I have googled this recipe, which was quite similar to Martha’s. Remember rolling the dough is so much easier with a pasta machine….

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Precious Moments 6:09 PM  

these sounded delicious. i was also trying to get some ricotta cheese in CS but apparently this is not easily avail. wondering why.

Cindy 6:18 PM  

So cute! :-)

Gattina 6:50 PM  

Your seashell pastry so well-made and beautiful! Loster tail is probably an easy name made up by non-Italian speakers in my town =). You know, I definitely can't sound Sfogilatella right. My Italian baker also makes mini sfogliatella, very much like what you did, great job!
Anh, did you get a pasta machine finally?

Hedgehog 8:16 PM  

they look so gorgeous but I don't think I'll be able to make such complicated things. You know, I have a pasta machine that's gathering dust in the cupboard :D maybe I'll drag it out one day and use it for to make these things

Asha 10:12 PM  

Very nice!! I don't have Pasta machine but got two hands!;D

Sharmi 11:00 PM  

Dear Anh, The Pastry looks so good. I wish I could taste them. I simply love the way to take pics. can I ask what camera do you have? the layered flaky pics makes my mouth water.

Cheryl 11:11 PM  

You all astound me with your talent. These are just gorgeous, intricate, delicate, everything. I love learning so much from you all.

myriam 11:42 PM  

the bakery around the corner sells them. i find it so hard to resist everytime i walk past. i will give it a try now myself (isnt the martha baking-book just wonderful?). good job!

Lakshmiammal,  2:55 AM  

Hey Anh,
Wonderful picture! It is almost a month since I baked something, now that you are forcing me to try a hand on this.Great!

Patricia Scarpin 4:30 AM  

Anh, these are so delicate and beautiful!

Doug 6:15 AM  

look beautiful, very unusual too. If ever I was served something like this - my gf is not a big cook - I would be very impressed.

Brilynn 9:53 AM  

Wow! YOu have more patience than I'll ever have, these look amazing!

Ellie 11:20 AM  

Oooh, nice work! They look delightfully flaky and crunchy!

Amy 11:33 AM  

Oh my goodness, these look amazing! I have a soft spot for pastries. :P All the more reason for me to get a pasta machine. I'm still trying to convince my boyfriend I *need* one. Oh I wish I could have a bite right now. :D

Anh 12:49 PM  

Edith, hope you can find some good ricotta one day!

Cindy, thank you :)

Gattina, *hug* thanks pal. I dun think I know how to spell Sfogilatella either ;) Oh, I always have a pasta machine but hardly use it.

Hedgehog, thank you. It is really not too hard, just a bit time-consuming that's all.

Asha, thank you. Two hands are good, but a machine can make the job easier rite? ;)

Sharmi, I use a very old model Canon Dslr - 300D. If this helps? Camera is one thing.. I'm still getting used to it.

Cheryl, oh thanks so much for your sweet words. Your bakes are always beautiful and I'm learning a lot from you, too.

Myriam, oh I wish my local bakery sells these. But I can't complain since the bakery in my area is very good, too. :D

Lakshmiamma, thank you.

Pat, thanks dear.

doug, these pastries really worth a treat!

Brilynn, thank you. Oh am I patient? :D

Ellie, thanks dear.

Amy, go go and convince him! I just bought mine then telling my BF. He is used to my buying habit already ;)

Eva 1:54 PM  

Beautiful work! Last year, I visited Melbourne for 3-4 days and had exactly such pastry in an Italian cafe called Brunetti. Their stuff was so addictive, I ended up going there every single day which of course was not enough to sample everything...;-)

Anh 5:26 PM  

Eva, I went to Brunetti occasionally too. Thanks God I dun live near ther cafe otherwise I won't be able to stop. ;)

Truffle 3:51 PM  

What a gorgeous pastry! Such beautiful photos and sounds delicious :)

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