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Birthday Celebration at Casa Bellavista

Posted: November 13, 2005
by: T.Alexander

Simonetta has graciously agreed to share two special recipes that she is preparing for Filippo’s birthday party. For those of you that are new to Delicious Destinations, Simonetta stops by Delicious Destinations from time to time and shares experiences from her Tuscan B&B, Casa Bellavista. Enjoy! Family_for_post_2_3

"Next week will be the birthday of my son Flippo (9 years old) and I will have a party for him with his friends; at the moment I do not know the number of boys, because every day the number increase. He decided only to invite boys - not girls and sister...they have started to argue about that. He would like to close the sister in her bedroom...during the party...I have to prepare different kinds of pizza and focacce, biscuit and chocolate cake. Here are some recipes..."


1 kg plain flour

50g fresh yeast

2 teaspoons salt

½ glass extra virgin olive oil

1 glass water

Rosemary, thyme, sage etc.

Place flour, yeast, salt and oil in a bowl and mix until smooth, adding water if too hard. Work the dough energetically on a board for 10/15 minutes. Replace in the bowl, cover with cling film and put in a warm place. It is important that there not be abrupt temperature change, for at least two hours.

Take a small amount of dough at a time, knead well and add your favorite chosen aroma (Rosemary, Thyme, Salvia, Curry, Chilli, Origano, Chives). Roll out to about 2 cm and leave to rise again on a greased baking tray.

After at least an hour brush the dough with a mixture of equal parts of oil and water, add salt and cook at 180° for 15/20 minutes.

BISCUIT (Chocolate)

400g Flour

200g Butter (at room temperature)

200g Sugar

2 egg


1 baking powder

Mix all the ingredients and blend well together to a smooth dough. Take a part of the dough and add coconut, instant coffee, chocolate and cut in little pieces.

Cook in a pre-heated oven (180°) for around 15/20 minutes

Ciao a presto

Your Comments

Great sounding desserts.

Posted by: Jane at Nov 15, 2005 7:08:11 PM

After tasting your delicious breakfasts and creative and exquisite dinners during our stay at Casa Bella Vista in October, I am happy to see your recipes for Filippo's party. Please keep them coming. Thank you. Anne & Jack Conboy

Posted by: Anne Conboy at Nov 16, 2005 9:24:00 AM