Uh, that's really difficult! Have a look at the list: until now I count 1090 things on it - and of course some of them I could also put on my top 5 list, but this would be boring...
So I decided to make a little change: I'll recommend only things I love to eat when we are in our holiday home in Ticino, a canton in the italian speaking part of Switzerland.
- Pane Vallemaggia: a dark artisan bread with large holes in the crumb, made with natural levain, often served in grotti with coppa, salami, bresaola and a boccalino of Merlot del Ticino, the local red wine. A Grotto is a rustic restaurant where you usually sit outside in the garden. Often it comes with stone (granite) tables and benches under shady pergolas with grapevine.
- Panettone: originally from Milan this dry fruit studded artisan cake has become a real speciality of Ticino. It is also made with natural levain (lievito madre) and there exists a quality label by the Società Mastri Panettieri Pasticceri del Cantone Ticino
- Miele di Castagne: Chestnut honey, a dark and very aromatic honey. Best when bought from one of the producers in the beautiful valleys.
- Capretto: kid roast, served with polenta or rosemary potatoes, a specialty of the easter season. This year we had Capretto and polenta with bear's garlic pesto
- Bresaola ticinese or Bündnerfleisch from the adjacent canton of Graubünden, a dry-cured meat speciality
The blogger's I would like to bother their head about this theme are
Angelika in Wien, Austriais already on the list!
- Karine in Dali, China
- Petra in Hamburg, Germany
- Ralph in San Francisco, USA
- Zorra in Andalusia, Spain
As some of you may know we just came back from our summer holidays in Ticino. With me I brought some photos of the Pane Vallemaggia and the Panettone, both things I would love to bake in this perfection! I'm still looking for true recipes. Of course there exist heaps of recipes for Panettone - but unfortunatley the results don't reach the original.
This Pane Vallemaggia I bought in the famous Pasticceria-Panetteria Al Porto
The open crumb of the bread...
When I looked up the website for this entry I saw that they offer visits of the production where you can taste their products. This is on my to-do-list for next year!
If I have teased you: The Vancouver Courier has a nice story about a short sojourn in Ticino where you can learn a little bit more about this beautiful region.
Confiserie Al Porto SA
Via del Sole 1
CH 6598 Tenero
several shops and cafes e.g. in
Via Locarno 11
CH 6612 Ascona
Production (visits!) and Shop
Via Borgo 32