Francesca welcomes us into her beautiful home in Formigine, a town in the province of Modena, just a few minutes from the famous Ferrari museum in nearby Maranello. This Cesarina’s family has been linked to the famous Enzo Ferrari, as they were his employees for many years; her father-in-law is a chauffeur and her mother-in-law a cook for the firm.
It was in fact Francesca’s mother-in-law who taught her many of the recipes that she serves for her menus, as they have organised many dinners for friends, as well as taking part in bread-making courses. Although she knows how to use her kitchen aid, she loves to roll up her sleeves and work by hand in the kitchen.
The secret of the Cesarina
I made an old-fashioned proving closet where I can raise the dough for my crescentine, which are also known as tigelle in some areas of Italy.