Tuesday, 4 August 2009

A Day Late and a Dollar Short.

Ok, make that three days late and I have lost count of how many dollars short.
But better late than never, right?

This month's Recipes to Rival challenge is brought to you by Lauren of Fried Pickles and Ice Cream. A little summer taste of Italy! A delicious and simple antipasta (appetizer), Bruschetta and a digestivo (after-dinner drink), Limoncello.

Now, I have made bruschetta eleventy-billion times, but Limoncello is something that I have always wanted to make at home. I just made a small batch and it turned out wonderfully. Now I am looking around to see what else I can flavour booze with.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Bruschetta
(4 servings)

4 slices Rustic Bread
2 cups chopped Roma Tomatoes
1 clove Garlic
4 to 8 leaves Basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt

Heat grill or grill pan to medium high heat
Slice THICK pieces of bread-Place bread on grill until each side has a nice golden color
Rub garlic on top side of each bread piece
Pile tomatoes on-sprinkle one big pinch of salt per piece on top of the tomatoes
Generously drizzle olive oil on top of tomatoes (about 2 to 3 tablespoons per piece)
Add basil to the top

Limoncello

1 liter grain alcohol (um, wha? I used vodka)
5 1/2 cups water
5 large lemons (or 10 small lemons)
2 1/2 cups sugar

Gently wash lemons in cool water to remove any dirt
Peel away zest from lemon leaving as little pith (the white stiff) as possible.
Put peels in a large sealed jar or container (I reused the alcohol bottle)
Pour alcohol over peels and place container in a cool place.
Leave the mixture for 7 days.
Every day give the container a little swirl. You will see the alcohol become darker and darker every day.

After 7 days, strain the alcohol by using a coffee filter. (I used a fine mesh strainer)
Prepare the simple syrup. Bring the water to a boil and add the sugar to dissolve.
Mix the syrup with the alcohol. (I let the syrup cool a bit first) BE CAREFUL... DO NOT DO THIS NEAR A FLAME!!!
Pour the limoncello into bottles or containers.
Let cool completely. Store in the freezer until ready to serve! *Date your limoncello. After a year it will no longer be delicious.

Mmm, tasty lemony goodness. Perfect for an after dinner sipper.