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Love Jamie Oliver ~Anything I have made from one of his shows, cookbooks, etc…always turns out delish! He also has a Mugnaini Tuscan oven like the one we use to have in our backyard and now lucky for us, my sister has one too. I recently ran into one of the sales reps for these ovens and he told me that Jamie Oliver is now the ambassador for these Mugnaini ovens in the UK (hmm I wonder if he got his for free!) We had a “family” dinner at my sister and brother-in-laws last night and I made these little sweet grape and rosemary calzones using my sister’s Tuscan oven of course!
Jamie Oliver’s Grape and Rosemary Calzones
Yield: 10-14 Small Calzones
1 basic pizza dough recipe
1 lb. seedless red grapes, washed, picked and halved
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
1 small wineglass of vin santo or sweet white wine
Scant 1 cup sugar
1 handful of pinenuts, lightly toasted
Extra virgin olive oil
Optional: sticks of rosemary
My sister Sharon getting the oven prepared!
While your dough is rising, mix your grapes, cinnamon, rosemary, vin santo, sugar and pinenuts in a bowl. The sugar will draw all the lovely syrupy juice out of the grapes. Allow your grapes to marinate for about half an hour.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces, roll each of these out ½ inch thick, and dust with flour or keep it from sticking. Using a 6-inch pastry cutter or a saucer as a template, cut out the circles. Of course you can use any size you like, but small ones are quite cute for desserts. Put a dessert spoon of filling in the middle of each circle, fold in half, then crimp the edges together and set on full side of pastry so they are sitting upright. You don’t want any cracks, so just pinch them together if you see any appearing. Drizzle the calzones with a little olive oil and spike them with some rosemary leaves if you like. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until golden.
Peter’s Wine Pick: Prosecco!