Introduction

Introduction

By
Melissa Forti
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849497619

I have been a professional baker for more than six years now. Since my first attempt, a lot has happened and many cakes have been baked! I moved to Sarzana, a small town in the region of Cinque Terre in the north west of Italy and started my first bakery. Since Day One my aim has been to offer real food to real people. I searched for recipes from the area and revisited recipes picked up on my travels around the world, adapting them for Italian tastes. I bake every morning to sell in the afternoon, everything is prepared from scratch and freshly baked, and the recipes change every day. This is so important to me – it is the core of my business and my way of living. Thankfully, organic produce is widely available here and I am so lucky to be able to have constant access to some of the best products available in the region and throughout Italy.

Recently, we moved to a bigger site in Sarzana and I am now the proud owner of a tea room, right in the historic and charming city centre, called Melissa’s Tea Room & Cakes. It is a lifelong dream come true and I couldn’t be happier to serve the wonderful customers who visit us every day in search of a moment of peace and delight.

I once found this quote left by a former flatmate in our flat in London: “If we don’t get lost, we will never find a new route”. I have travelled many roads, met many fascinating people and learnt from them. This book is who I am, it’s what I love to do and, most of all, it is about how I see the world – a place where style, flavour, authenticity and attention are the most important ingredients. I hope you have as much fun making these recipes as I did writing them for you.

Yours truly, Melissa.

Recipe Notes

I recommend organic, unwaxed citrus fruits when using the zest.

All eggs are large unless otherwise specified.

Recipes were tested in a fan-assisted oven.

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