The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

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It is bright, sunny and glorious on the island today. Over the last year I have written a lot about The American Dream on this blog and in the local press. As we turn on our TVs we see the bad freezing weather conditions all over the world and once again I am reminded that I live the Mediterranean Dream every day that I am here.
This is paradise, the sun glistens, the bluest sky is clear and just before dusk when I took this photo yesterday the temperature registered at 18 C.

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I love to work with yeast and gazing at the Stromboli photos yesterday inspired me to make a sweet version using local oranges with walnuts and thyme honey. I also added some of my own carob syrup. If you would like to add some spices such as cinnamon, this would work very well, but I left it without as I wanted the freshness of the orange flavor to remain as pure as possible.

I am using a photo recipe today. I made it using Vito’s pizza dough and you can buy ready made pizza dough at most food stores but I am also including the recipe that I usually use if you prefer to make your own dough !

You will need :

2 1/4 teaspoons dried yeast
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour
One cup lukewarm water

Combine the water, yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl and stir until it dissolves.
Set aside for 30 minutes, then add the flour, and mix until smooth.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour if necessary.
The dough should feel smooth and elastic.
Lightly oil a bowl, and place dough inside. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Quarter the dough, and shape each piece into a ball. Cover, and let rise another 15 minutes.

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Roll put the pizza dough into a rectangular shape and cut slits diagonally along the sides as seen in the photo. Spread some orange marmalade and I also top with some of my preserved citrus zest but this is optional.

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This is my preserved citrus zest recipe but you can also leave it out or use shop-bought.

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Top with roughly chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

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Plait the strips of pastry.

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Brush the strips with milk to seal neatly. if you want a very glossy finish, brush with a beaten egg. Bake at 200 C for 15 minutes.

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Drizzle with honey, more walnuts and it is delicious served both warm and cold. You can even dust with icing sugar for a different effect and cut them into slices and I served them on silver platters or it can be taken warm to the table as it is… It looks and smells wonderful… completely irresistible…..

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And here it is on yesterday’s paper

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14 thoughts on “The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

    • Hi Fae ! I also make this sort of plait using puff pastry with a variety of ingredients, spinach and ricotta, pork and apple and poached salmon. This particular one is made using pizza dough and it tastes very different. I am thrilled to have your feedback and look forward to it.!

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