In new children’s book, Giada helps kids make pizza, zeppole

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Giada De Laurentiis has a new gig — as a children's book author!

The first two installments of the chef's new children's book series, "Recipe for Adventure," just came out on Sept. 3. They follow the adventures of a brother and sister named Alfie and Emilia who magically get transported to different cities, where they learn how delicious home cooking can be. At the back of each book, readers find recipe cards featuring dishes from the places Alfie and Emilia visited.

Here are recipes for tomato-basil pizza and zeppole from Giada's "Recipe for Adventure: Naples!" book.

Tomato-basil pizza

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon fine salt
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
    • All-purpose flour, for dusting
    • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (if you can find them, Roma tomatoes are best for this)
    • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 packed cup fresh basil leaves, torn or coarsely chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Preparation

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Zeppole

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (the secret ingredient!)
    • 1 stick of butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 eggs
    • Olive oil, for frying

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Hot chocolate
Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

    • 6 cups whole milk
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or broken into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Crepes

Ingredients

    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into about 10 cubes

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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