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Typical Umbria products

Walking along the Strada del Sagrantino, in the green hills, it's easy to understand where the goodness of Umbria's typical products comes from.

Looking around, you’ll instantly be fascinated by the beauty of the olive trees. The extra virgin olive oil they produce may carry the label “Denominazione di Origine Protetta Umbria – Colli Martani,” (Protected Designation of Origin Umbria – Colli Martani), indicating one of the five sub-zones into which Umbria is divided.

This designation denotes a series of properties that only an extraordinary region can attribute to its products.

Thanks to the favourable climate in this land, olives ripen slowly to keep acidity levels extremely low.

The hilly terrain is particularly suited to olive cultivation, as the uniquely structured and highly permeable soils enable roots to grow deep. Painstaking human intervention builds on these characteristics.

For example, olive harvests are precisely timed to take advantage of the moment in which the fruit presents both maximum fruitiness and minimum acidity. This is the land on which the Farchioni family put down its roots.

Honey muffins

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  • 200 gms cornstarch
  • 400 gms flour
  • 350 gms sugar
  • 250 ml milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 sachet of yeast
  • 250 ml Farchioni vanilla-flavored EVO oil
  • 1 jar of honey
  • muffin molds

Procedure

  • Beat sugar and eggs in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add milk then oil while stirring.
  • In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch, flour and yeast.
  • Stir the mix in.
  • Pour into the muffin molds.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • When the muffins have cooled, top them with honey.

Soft pie crust

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  • 2 whole eggs
  • 180 gms sugar
  • 100 gms Olio d’Oliva Farchioni Speciale per Dolci
  • 100 gms hot milk
  • 200 gms flour
  • 50 gms rice flour
  • 8 gms yeast

Procedure

  • Beat eggs and sugar until frothy.
  • Add the oil and mix.
  • Heat the milk and stir it in.
  • Gently blend flour and yeast into the mixture.
  • Pour into a 20cm mold.
  • Bake for 50 minutes at 180 degrees in a ventilated oven.

Apple pie with olive oil

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Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 180 gms sugar + 2 spoonfuls for the apples
  • 120 ml of cinnamon-flavored Farchioni extra virgin olive oil
  • 240 gms all-purpose flour
  • 8 gms baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • enough butter to grease the pan
  • 2 tablespoons of apricot jelly

Procedure

  • Heat the oven to 180 ° C.
  • Cut 3 apples into thin slices.
  • Sprinkle the apples with the juice of 1 lemon and 2 tablespoons of sugar; mix and set aside.
  • Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy.
  • Gently pour the mix into the cinnamon flavored extra virgin olive oil, add flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt.
  • Add the apples and stir gently.
  • Grease a 26cm cake pan and fill it with the mix.
  • Peel an apple and cut it into very thin slices to decorate the surface of the cake (you can arrange the slices in concentric circles, starting from the outside).
  • Place the pie in the oven and cook for about 50 minutes.
  • When it is ready, let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Remove it from the pan and move it to a plate.

CHEF’S ADVICE

Slowly heat the apricot jelly in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water until it comes to a boil. Turn the heat off and brush your pie with the jelly reduction: it will make your apples shiny. Let the pie cool completely before slicing it.