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Bookish Recipe: Mozzarella in Carozza
Welcome to Bookish Recipes, a feature on the blog where I cook or bake a recipe from a book I have loved and share the result with you. This time, the recipe is inspired by the book The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley. This story is full of love, joy and heart but also sadness and raw emotions. A story that will steal your hearts for sure.
In the story, Verity and the gang open a culinary school with lots of original and fun courses. And as usual, Cathy Bramley has added some recipes at the end of the book. This time is all about comfort food and I decided to try Mozzarella in Carozza, an Italian savoury treat. This recipe is from Francesca, Cathy's editor and it's fantastic:
- 6 slices of white bread
- A ball of mozzarella, cut in thick slices
- Anchovy fillets (optional)
- 125 ml milk
- 3 or 4 tbsp of flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- Salt and pepper
- Vegetable oil for frying
1) Pour the milk into a bowl, the flour into another and the beaten egg with the salt and pepper into a third one. Make the sandwiches: put the slices of mozzarella on a slice of white bread, leaving one centimetre on the edges uncovered. Add the anchovies if you are using them (we love anchovies, so I added a couple of small fillets on each sandwich) and then put the other slice of bread on top. Squash a bit the edges so it's sealed.
2) Put a saucepan with oil on the fire and once it's hot, it's ready to start frying. Slightly dip a sandwich into the milk, then into the flour and finally, a quick dip on the egg. Fry it until it's golden on both side (2 or 3 minutes per side).
3) Put the sandwiche on a plate with kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil. And repeat for the other sandwiches. Eat them while they are still hot so they are all gooey inside.
I really liked this recipe. The mozzarella had completely melted and the anchovies gave it the perfect salty kick. After only one sandwich, I was already full. Really comforting food. Thanks to Cathy and Francesca for this fantastic recipe!
About the book:
Title: The Plumberry School of Comfort Food
Author: Cathy Bramley
Published: June 30th 2016 by Corgi
Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks' time and needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up. And with new friendships bubbling and a sprinkling of romance in the mix, Verity finally begins to feel like she's home.
But when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the cookery school, can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry while still writing her own recipe for happiness?