Mia Francesca Trattoria

Restaurant Raleigh
4100 Main at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-278-1525

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Recipe: Flour-less Chocolate Cake by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Flour-less Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients:

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

6 ounces good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

5 large eggs, at room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or flavored schnapps (raspberry, crème de cocoa, or crème de menthe work especially well)

¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted (Dutch-processed preferred)

 Flour-less Chocolate Cake Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the sides and bottom of a 9 inch springform pan generously and set aside.

Fill a pot ¼ of the way with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Place the chocolate chips and butter in a heatproof bowl; place over the simmering water and melt, stirring occasionally.

While the chocolate-butter mixture is melting, combine the eggs, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on high speed until the mixture is thick and pale yellow, about 10 minutes.  When ready the egg-sugar mixture will form a thick ribbon when the whisk is lifted from it.  Fold in the melted chocolate mix slowly, just until completely incorporated and making sure to not over-mix (over-mixing will cause the batter to lose its volume).  Gently fold in the cocoa powder.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 25-30 minutes.  Let cool completely on the wire rack before transferring to the fridge to chill entirely, about 3-4 hours.  To unmold the cake: gently run a butter knife or offset spatula around the sides of the springform pan to loosen the cake from them.  Unlatch the springform sides and, should you so chose, serve directly from the springform base or warm the bottom over an electric heating element to loosen the cake and transfer to a serving platter.

 

**Remember Mia Francesca Trattoria is having their Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th.  We offer a delightful variety of sauces in our Thanksgiving Buffet selections.

Mia Francesca also features private dining areas for your holiday occasions, weddingsbirthdays, and anniversaries.  Come to Mia Francesca for any occasion–and you will be so happy you enjoyed the experience.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach making traditional Italian Biscotti

Mia Francesca Trattoria Serves the Sauces of Mother Italy

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria, located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, offers several Northern Italian menu items that come with delightful sauces.  Our kitchen knows that sauces add a special flavor, moistness, and visual appeal to our savory dishes and desserts. Our homemade Italian sauces reflect the rich variety of our entrees, pizza and pasta dishes.

Mia Francesca Trattoria serves sensational sauces in the following ways:italian sauces

  • Dressing salads: Our Seasonal Autumn Salad has apple cider vinaigrette; our Panzanella Salad features red wine vinaigrette. Prosciutto e Melone comes with balsamic vinaigrette, and our Dinner Insalata has a wonderfully light lemon- based balsamic dressing.
  •  Dressing pasta dishes: Our homemade tomato basil sauce is a principal ingredient on our Penne and our Spaghetti and Linguini come with a pleasing Alfredo cream sauce.  Interestingly enough, Americans usually think of tomatoes with they think of Italian cuisine, the tomato plant is not native to Italy and using tomatoes in Italian cuisine did not become popular until the late 18th century!
  •  Dressing meats, fish, and vegetables: Our Mussels appetizer can be flavored with a spicy marinara sauce or garlic white wine sauce, our New York Strip comes with a Pancetta (bacon) mushroom marsala sauce, our Veal comes with a Fontina (cheese) cream sauce, and our Pollo Diavolo comes with a spicy Pomodoro (tomato) sauce.
  •  Enhancing the taste of desserts: Our Tiramisu has ladyfingers (soaked in espresso and kahlua) with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder while our Profiteroles feature delicate toasted cream puffs filled with pistachio gelato and topped with chocolate sauce.

Remember Mia Francesca Trattoria is having their Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th.  We offer a delightful variety of sauces in our Thanksgiving Buffet selections.

Mia Francesca also features private dining areas for your holiday occasions, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.  Come to Mia Francesca for any occasion–and you will be so happy you enjoyed the experience.

**

Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Recipe For the streusel topping:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flourRecipe For Apple & Pear Crisp

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes

½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Recipe For the Filling:

4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch chunks

4 large Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch chunks

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Recipe Instructions for Apple & Pear Crisp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For the streusel, combine the flour, sugars, salt, and spices in a medium mixing bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or the tines of a fork until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Stir in the chopped nuts if you are using them and set aside.

Toss the pieces of apple and pear in the lemon juice before adding the sugar, tossing to coat them evenly.  Add in the spices and stir to combine.  Spray a 8 x 8 inch square baking dish with nonstick spray before pouring the fruit mixture into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the fruit.  Bake until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is starting to bubble through parts of the crust, around 45-50 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving with your favorite ice cream and caramel sauce.

Alternately, you can also bake the crisps in individual ramekins if you’d like.  Using 8 ounce ramekins this recipe will yield 8 servings.  Double the amount of crisp topping you’ll be using, and decrease the baking time to 35-40 minutes.

 

**Mia Francesca, part of the Francesca’s Restaurants family (based out of Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian Trattoria and Wine Bar proud of its simple rustic cooking, friendly service, and moderate pricing. Located beside the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown Raleigh’s famous North Hills area, Mia Francesca boasts multiple private rooms, outdoor patio, lively bar and an extensive main dining room with a family friendly atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner along with a late-night menu.

Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of  your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Video Recipe: Autumn Salad

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Our Chef Zach shows you how to make the perfect Autumn Salad in this video demonstration.

**Mia Francesca, part of the Francesca’s Restaurants family (based out of Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian Trattoria and Wine Bar proud of its simple rustic cooking, friendly service, and moderate pricing. Located beside the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown Raleigh’s famous North Hills area, Mia Francesca boasts multiple private rooms, outdoor patio, lively bar and an extensive main dining room with a family friendly atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner along with a late-night menu.

Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Halloween gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Italian Pignoli Cookies by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Recipe Ingredients

Italian Pignoli Cookies

8 ounces Almond Paste

2 egg whites

½ cup powdered sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup of pecans (or almonds) finely chopped

 Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  Place the chopped pecans or almonds into a shallow bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer break apart the almond paste on the lowest speed to soften.  Add in the egg whites and continue to beat on a low speed until mostly smooth.  Add in the sugars and salt; stir in the flour.

Using a 3/4-1 inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place it in the chopped nuts.  Roll to completely cover, repeating for each cookie before putting them on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 15-17 minutes until just barely golden brown.  You don’t want to brown the cookies too much otherwise they will lose their soft texture.  Allow to cool before dusting with additional powdered sugar and serving.

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Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Celebrate Pasta Month with Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills prepares the finest pasta served Tuscany Italian style in the Triangle.  Just recently, our latest blog post discussed the history of pasta in Italy. But did you know that there are many interesting facts and even excellent nutritional benefits on that wonderful plate of gnocchi, spaghetti, linguine, ravioli, orzo and so many more.

All October, it is National Pasta Month!

 Let’s dish out three great “bennies” and some unusual facts about the Triangle’s favorite food.

Excellent nutritional benefits include:Italian Restaurant North Raleigh

  • Pasta is an outstanding source of complex carbohydrates and it provides the optimum type of “fuel” to power your muscles and mind. Pasta digests more slowly and provides a slower release of energy to keep you going throughout your day. Pasta indeed is brain food!
  • Pasta is the ideal partner for other nutritious foods that are essential to a healthy diet such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed, poultry and lean meats.
  • Now, nutrition aside, pasta just plain tastes good and that could be the best benefit of all.

Little known facts on pasta:

  • The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. We wonder what the above average person eats during the course of a year?
  • Americans, as a whole, consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each and every year; much of it at Mia Francesca!
  • According to the National Pasta Association (NPA), among the reasons cited for pasta’s popularity are its nutritional value, taste, convenience and economical value. We know the number one reason just has to be taste.
  • For individuals diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, our gluten-free pasta enables them to enjoy many of our pasta dishes guilt- free as a regular part of their diet.
  • According to the American Pasta Report, 40 percent of respondents state spaghetti as their most favorite pasta, followed by lasagna (12%), macaroni and cheese (6%), fettuccine (6%), linguine (3%), elbows (3%), pasta salad (3%), and angel hair (2%). We ask why meatballs did not make the list. We know they are related to spaghetti!

Mia Francesca invites you to come enjoy our delicious authentic Italian pasta any day of the week. .  Make reservations to enjoy our private dining for events such as wedding parties, business meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs as well as birthday or anniversary celebrations.  Enjoy our extensive list of pasta dishes on our catering menu.

Remember at Mia Francesca our pasta is truly “to dine” for any day of the week.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Pumpkin Crumb Cake by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Recipe For the Pumpkin Crumb Cake:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spicePumpkin Crumb Cake Recipe

¼ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

½ cup canned pumpkin puree

½ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Recipe For the Streusel topping:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

10 tablespoons (1 stick plus two tablespoons) cold butter, cut into cubes

Recipe For Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the sides of a 9 inch springform pan and set aside.

 

First, prepare the streusel topping: In bowl whisk everything but the butter together until well

combined. Using a pastry blender or the tines of a fork cut in the cold butter until the mixture

resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside while you prepare the crumb cake batter.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a bowl; set aside. In the bowl

of a stand mixer beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Beat in

the eggs, one at a time, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl between additions. Add in the

pumpkin puree, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture by hand with a rubber spatula until

just combined, making sure not to overmix the batter.

 

Spread the batter into the prepared springform pan; sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake batter.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the streusel is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle

of the crumb cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before removed the

springform pan’s sides and serving.

 

Thanksgiving is fast approaching; make your holiday reservations soon and remember, the best of Italy is always found at Mia Francesca.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits with pumpkin spice glaze by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Recipe For the Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits:Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits with pumpkin spice glaze

4 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons molasses

6 tablespoons heavy cream

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Recipe For the Pumpkin Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

4 tablespoons canned pumpkin

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons heavy cream

 

For the biscuits: preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  Stir in the brown sugar.  Cut in the cold cubes of butter, using either a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.  In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and stir together.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined, then transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and knead just to bring everything together.  Roll out the dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness; cut into rounds using a 2-inch cookie cutter or biscuit cutter and place on the prepared baking sheets.

Brush the tops of each biscuit with a little heavy cream then place in the preheated oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before making the glaze.

For the glaze: Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl.  Stir in the pumpkin, spices, and heavy cream until well combined.  Spread some of the glaze on the now cooled biscuits and allow it to dry before serving.

**Mia Francesca Trattoria offers private dining options as well as quality catering in the Raleigh area.  Either way, you taste incredible authentic Italian cuisine while you make memories with family and friends.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Italian White Wine Varietals Presented By Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, located in Raleigh at North Hills, for the best authentic Italian cuisine.  We launched our Italian wine series recently with a brief history of winemaking and since followed it  by discussing the famous  Italian wine regions.  Last week we posted our most recent article on red wine varietals and this week we offer a review of Italian white wines from Mia Francesca’s wine list.

Although Italy is better known for its wonderful array of red wines, Italy’s white wines, especially Pinot Grigio, are very pleasant when compared to France, Germany, and Northern California. Tuscany, where our culinary roots come from, offers a very flavorful array of excellent white wines. The rich and sweet flavor of native Italian white grapes bring pleasure to the tables at Mia Francesca Trattoria and they go extremely well with our light seafood dishes, fresh salmon, and delicious desserts. Italian wine and our locally fresh food pairings make our dining experience a unique one. Of course, the finest Italian white wine is good all by itself, poured into a tall glass and savored with friends and family.

White Wine Varietals of Italy

Here are six excellent examples of white wines in the Italian White Wine Selection:

  • Chardonnay—described as the “king of white wines”; Chardonnay is easy-to-grow, versatile, and is planted throughout Italian White Wine Varietals Italy. It is also an important component of Champagne.
  • Pinot Grigio—comes from a large wine producing region in Northeastern Italy; grapes can vary widely in color from silvery blue to grayish violet to ashen yellow; when produced the wines are white to slightly pink in color; the taste is crisp, light, and dry.
  • Riesling—considered to be one of the world’s greatest white wine grapes; a balance of good acid and high sugar levels produces wines with considerable aging potential; taste is delicate, but complex as well as spicy, but fruity in flavor; a long finish. 
  • Grechetto—grown in Italy’s Umbria region, delightfully rich and nutty in character.
  • Soave—Italy’s most popular dry white wine, located in the Western part of Italy’s Veneto area (east of Verona and around the town of Soave.)
  • Arneis—a white wine grape that originated and is primarily grown in the Roero hills of Italy’s Southern Piedmont; once nearly extinct, it has made a good comeback in recent years; it can produce very good wines with the fragrant characteristics of apples, pears, and a hint of licorice.

Remember our pairing principles include delicious foods and wonderful wines for our special guests. Our Monday wine specials make the start of the week as enjoyable as one can get with 50% off all wines from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers private dining options as well as quality catering in the Raleigh area.  Either way, you taste incredible authentic Italian cuisine while you make memories with family and friends.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee Recipe Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

¼ cup packed light brown sugarPumpkin Spice Creme Brulee

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

8 large egg yolks

6 tablespoons Sugar in the Raw, or light brown sugar

 

Also needed:

6 4 ounce ramekins

Large casserole dish, or 13×9 inch cake pan

Fine mesh strainer

Cheesecloth

 

Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.   Place the egg yolks, pumpkin, and spices in a medium sized heatproof bowl, whisking gently to combine.  Set aside.

In a medium saucepan heat the heavy cream, sugars, and split vanilla bean to a boil, whisking occasionally.  Slowly start to whisk the hot cream mixture into the pumpkin mixture, a little at a time, until fully combined.  Strain the custard through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth into a pitcher.  At this point you will need a rubber spatula or the back of a ladle to help push the liquid through the cheesecloth.  This process discards some of the pumpkin solids that remain.

Gradually pour the pumpkin custard into the ramekins, filling about 3/4s of the way.  Gently tap the ramekins on the counter to remove some of the excess air bubbles that might have formed through whisking.  Place the ramekins in the baking or casserole dish, and fill it with water until about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake the brulees for 50 minutes.  Check the brulees, and if they are still not set in the center rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Continue this 10 minute interval process until the brulees are set in the center  Remove from the water bath to cool on the counter for 10-15 minutes, then chill completely in the refrigerator for at least 4-6 hours before serving.

To serve, sprinkle one tablespoon of the sugar in the raw over top of each ramekin.  Place in the oven until sugar browns.

**Make Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your late summer gatherings, and your business activities. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

**If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making Traditional Italian Biscotti. – Our check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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