From the moment you open the pages of Hazan Family Favorites, it invites you into their home, lending stories and history to their favorite dishes. This cookbook has a nice homey feel to it, and will have you running for the kitchen to recreate some of their family favorites to share with your loved ones. Recipes that you’ll use every day. Easy to prepare, with ingredients that are easy to find and probably already in your pantry. This book certainly has a place on my favorites book shelf. Simplicity, fresh and just honest good food.
Beautifully photographed, you will find pictures of the finished dish in most cases along with some pictures of the Hazan family, past and present. What I like about the book is the simpleness of the recipes. Beginner cooks will have no problem cooking their way through this book with ease of preparation and outcome. The recipes are well-organized and setup with the cook in mind, not only in the setup of the pages, but also in listing the time from start to finish. You’ll know at a glance, how long the recipe is going to take, helping in planning of a meal. Sharing eighty-five delicious recipes, from the Hazan family traditions, passed down by this mother and extended family, these are the dishes Hazan cooks for this own family today.
For my recipe, I chose the Strawberry Gelato. I love Gelato, finding it more intense and flavorful than ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, I love ice cream too, but give me a choice and I’ll go with the gelato. This recipe does not disappoint.
From: Hazan Family Favorites
By: Giuliano Hazan
My mother used to teach strawberry ice cream at my parent’s cooking school in Bologna. I remember they would always serve it along with Recioto, a wonderful dessert wine from Valpolicella made with dried grapes. It was fantastic and unexpected pairing, and I always looked forward to it. Ironically, my wife and I now run a cooking school in Valpolicella in collaboration with one of our top producers of Recioto, Marilisa Allergrini. As I was trying out recipes for my previous books, I made several variations of that ice cream – with cantaloupe, with peaches, and with pineapple. But I hadn’t made the strawberry ice cream in quite a long time, until we recently took our two girls strawberry picking at a local farm. In no time at all, we had accumulated seventeen pounds of strawberries. When we got home and had finally filled our bellies with the luscious, sweet berries, I froze the remaining ones. (The best way to freeze them, by the way, is to lay them out in a single layer on cookie trays so they don’t touch. Once they are frozen, you can store them in ziploc bags.) So what to do with all of our frozen strawberries? Ice cream, of course! I tweaked my mother’s recipe a little bit, adding a bit of lemon juice, which I have found really brightens the fruit flavor. After making a few batches of ice cream, I decided to try something different and came up with the peach-and-strawberry semifreddo in the recipe that follows. – Giuliano Hazan
3/4 pound Fresh Strawberries
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
1. Remove the green tops of the strawberries and rinse them in cold water.
2. Place the berries and the sugar in a food processor and blend until pureed. Add to water and lemon juice and continue blending until all ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.
3. Whip the cream with a whisk until it begins to thicken and acquires the consistency of yogurt. Add the pureed strawberries and mix thoroughly.
4 Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacture’s directions. Serve right away or store, tightly covered, in the freezer. It should keep for several days before ice crystals begin to form.
Results: Delicious Gelato! This Gelato did not last long at my house. My 10-year-old Granddaughter Alexis, really, really liked this. She’s already planning the next batch.
Full Disclosure: I was given this book in exchange for a review. However, the contents of my review are my honest opinion of reviewed product. I will always give my honest opinion of any product reviewed.