Exciting days in Puglia, same but different every year: Olives are being picked all over the place, so are the ones of hundreds of ancient trees all around the large Masseria Torre Coccaro and Masseria Torre Maizza estates. We usually work with a Masseria nearby to have our own olive oil pressed and bottled to be used in the kitchen and restaurants. Every bucket full of our ripe olives goes straight there. Some of you may have passed by: Masseria Maccarone is one stop on our gourmet bike trip: too beautiful of a place to be missed out. If you should fancy to join in the olive picking experince – there’s nothing more puglia style than that – just let us know: We’ll sure fit you in!
Wondering what to offer your Halloween guests apart from the usual stuff?
Martino Neglia, dessert chef at Masseria Torre Coccaro, created something special that guarantees a WOW effect: a Pumpkin Cake! Here’s the recipe, feel free to cook along and, if you like, send us your own personal pumpkin creations.
Happy, funny, spooky Halloween everybody!
Pumpkin and Chocolate Cake by Martino Neglia, Coccaro
For the cake:
200 g pumpkin
150 g sugar
150 g Flour
100 g Corn Oil
100g Chocolate Drops
16 g Yeast
For the chocolate cream:
500 g custard
125 g dark chocolate
Cut the pumpkin into slices and arrange them on a baking pan covered with baking paper. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes. Shake it in a blender (if the pumpkin is found to be very liquid, let it drain in a sieve). Add the eggs, sugar, oil, a pinch of salt and blend. Mix with flour, yeast and blend, then pour into a bowl and add the chocolate drops, mix well with a big spoon. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured cake pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 40 minutes or until cooked (depends on the humidity of the pumpkin). For the finish create a pumpkin cake filled with chocolate cream and complete it with sugar paste.
Ever tried Kite Surfing? The Adriatic coast offers gorgeous conditions to give it a try! Just talk to our reception desk: They’ll be able to advise you the right spots along the shore.
We went to have a look at Bamboo Beach the other windy, rainy, a-bit-too-grey-for-anything-else kind of day: Perfect weather for passionate surfers of any discipline…
Ever wondered where our yummie cheese buffets at the breakfast buffet are from?
We proudly present: Lamapecora, a cheesefarm no more than 3 kms away. We’ll be happy to take you there by bike just to try freshly made ricotta cheese, to watch the son on the family preparing mozzarella of any shape and to have a chat with the owner family who has been running the large farm estate for many years. For families we recommend a hike around the farm: The kids will be able to experience a zoo of another kind! They’ll watch piglets play in the mud, newly born calfs trying their first steps and a herd of sheep of any kind and colour mooing and munching. Not to forget 101 cute little kittens running about the farm… A fabulous place!