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Tehama Jan 2, 2013 03:42 AM

Good morning! I need recipes, please, for the two following desserts. The intended recipients are from the Isle of Capri if that helps, but I am not sure if these recipes are specific to that area of Italy.

*Portfolios filled with Orange Pastry Custard
*Almond Pastafrolla Cookie

Many thanks! Happy New Year!

  1. Tehama Jan 5, 2013 04:46 AM

    Just bumping the thread to see if anyone has a recipe or two to share. Thank you!

    1. Jay F Jan 5, 2013 10:10 AM

      If those are so specific you need to branch out, Marcella has an almond cake. Google "marcella hazan almond cake".

      Also, try Carmela Soprano's "rigote" (ricotta) pie:

      http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/1797...

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      1. re: Jay F
        Tehama Jan 5, 2013 11:14 AM

        Thanks so much, but I'm definitely trying to track down the recipes for the:
        *Portfolios filled with Orange Pastry Custard
        *Almond Pastafrolla Cookie

        They are the respective peoples' favorites and both of their birthdays are coming up. My Googling has turned-up goose eggs (and of course I'd rather have a Chow-approved recipe if possible). I appreciate you taking time to respond, though! Have a great weekend.

        1. re: Tehama
          Jay F Jan 5, 2013 11:17 AM

          Oh. Your headline wasn't specific. I should have read your text.

          For Orange Pastry Custard, I'd use Julia Child's creme patissiere recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking v.1, and choose the Grand Marnier option.

          As for making desserts for a friend, in general, if I were doing this and couldn't find the recipes (and that portfolio one looks impossible to find), I'd ask my friend for more information.

          However, for the other friend, when I google, I see enough stuff to get started on pasta frolla with almonds.

          1. re: Jay F
            Tehama Jan 7, 2013 03:57 AM

            Many thanks to you! I appreciate it!

      2. Seeker19104 Jan 5, 2013 11:29 AM

        Eureka!

        See:

        http://baking911.com/pastry/pie-and-t...

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        1. re: Seeker19104
          Tehama Jan 7, 2013 03:57 AM

          You are awesome! Yes - I think that is what he indicated he wants, but now I am curious; am I supposed to fill it with something? He called it a "cookie"; I'm wondering if I just cut it like shortbread cookies instead of making it as a crust? I'll do a test-run. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

        2. c
          critter101 Jan 5, 2013 11:35 AM

          Are you perhaps looking for "foglie", as in mille foglie? It's like a puff pastry turnover, filled with a cooked custard...similar to this Greek dessert:
          http://www.barecipebox.com/recipeDeta...

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          1. re: critter101
            Tehama Jan 7, 2013 03:55 AM

            I don't think that is it - BUT!!!, I cannot wait to try that dessert (at least for myself). That sounds totally divine. Thank you!

          2. l
            LJS Jan 5, 2013 11:50 AM

            So if I am following correctly, you still need to fill those Porto follo's...this orange custard is typical of Naples according to my (Italian) La Cucina

            Crema di Arance

            4 egg yolks
            2/3 cup sugar
            1/3 cup of cornstarch
            2 cups milk
            juice and grated zest of 4 oranges (preferably organic, says the recipe, so smaller than the South African navels that dominate supermarkets here)

            1. Make a cream by heating yolks, sugar, cornstarch and milk over medium-low heat.
            2. When this reaches the consisitency of thick pudding, remove from heat and add juice and zest.
            3. Chill and serve with a dollop of whipped cream, candied orange and cinnamon.

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            1. re: LJS
              Tehama Jan 7, 2013 03:57 AM

              I think that is EXACTLY what I need. Many thanks! I really appreciate it!

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