In the Apple TV + series Ted Lasso, the protagonist, of the same name, makes pasta which, according to the script, is really delicious. Some pasta of which we have not had more details until Apple gave us a little Easter egg at the event Spring Loaded on April 20 where the new AirTag, purple iPhone, iPad Pro, iMac and Apple TV were presented.
Only half a recipe, but enough to discover the rest
At the end of the credits for the Spring Loaded event, Apple included a little half-surprise: Ted Lasso’s pasta recipe. And we say wicked because before we can see the specific sentence the frame is cut, which leaves us with the image we see below.
Fortunately, developer David Smith deduced that the full text is “1 1/2 cups / 340 grams of cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch plus pieces to grease the pan.” A recipe written in the most simplified way possible and of which we do not know the rest. An internet search, however, reveals a recipe that starts with the exact same sentence. According to Smith, the recipe matches the look of the pasta we see on the show and it’s really delicious. The full recipe is as follows:
- 1.5 cups (340 grams) cold unsalted butter (3 bars), cut into 1.5 cm pieces, plus the amount needed to grease the pan.
- 3 cups (385 grams) all-purpose flour.
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar.
- 1 teaspoon and a quarter of fine sea salt.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper so that it protrudes 2 inches on both long sides.
- Prepare the shortbread: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle or beaters, mix the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in butter on low speed until dough comes together but is slightly crumbly. (Or mix the ingredients in a food processor.)
- Press the dough into the prepared pan. Prick the dough with a fork all over. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove it from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
- While the shortbread is cooking, prepare the brownie: put the butter and chocolate in a large bowl. Melt in microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each burst, until smooth. (You can also place the bowl over a pot of boiling water and heat the chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth and melted.) Beat in the sugars and cocoa powder until smooth, then stir in them. eggs and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and sea salt. Beat chocolate mixture until no more streaks of flour remain. Add the nuts, if desired. Distribute the mixture over the base of hot shortbread. Sprinkle lightly but evenly with coarse sea salt.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top is set, the center is soft and the edges start to peel from the pan, 23 to 28 minutes. (If you insert a toothpick in the center, it will come out sticky.) Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into portions before serving.
Yes, this is probably the first time that we have published a cooking recipe in Applesfera, but the connection with an Apple series and the surprise appearance in a Keynote seemed sufficient to us. One of the many curiosities that Apple can offer us. A pretty tasty one, really.