Struffoli recipe, along with Babà, “Pastiera”, and “Zeppole di San Giuseppe”, is a classic sweet of the Neapolitan cuisine. Crispy honey balls with a tender heart seasoned with candied fruit, and sugar decorations. In Naples, this is traditionally a Christmas dessert, but in the rest of Italy, these delicious hone balls are a delicacy for all major festivities!
Raspberry tiramisu! In my childhood, classic tiramisu has been my preferred dessert; I was never tired of that delicacy. Personally, this berries variation is even better than the classic recipe. I love the traditional fluffy Mascarpone cream paired with the sweet and sour of raspberries, and the Italian ladyfingers poached into a creamy chocolate melt.
The apple cake is a classic Italian dessert, one of the most famous springform pan cakes! This recipe is perfect for Sundays breakfast or afternoon breaks, a joy for kids, delicious and healthy! I love to garnish my Italian apple cake with sliced almonds and crumbled amaretti snaps, but ginger snaps and any dried fruit are a decent option as well.
Italian Torrone Semifreddo is a dessert that I remember on my mom’s table since I was a baby. Italian nougats nuggets and chocolate chunks enrich this tasty and creamy vanilla semifreddo. My suggestion for this recipe is hard Torrone. If you prefer the soft Torrone, the result will be less crunchy, but delicious as well. This recipe is perfect for any gathering with family and friends!
The Italian rice cake, called also “Torta degli Addobbi” is a simple and tasty dessert of the Emilian tradition. Originally, this cake had been prepared for the “Festa degli Addobbi”, a medieval festivity where colored drapes were showed out from the windows. But, currently is common serve rice cake all year long. Arborio rice is slowly cooked into the milk and spices, then the mixture is baked into the oven at medium temperature. Liquor, brushed over the cake when it is still hot is fundamental to obtain the characteristic, sticky crust. Serve the rice cake cold, after stored a few hours into the fridge.
The pastry dough recipe is essential for several sweets. Make it is not difficult, but it’s mandatory follow some steps. The rewards will be an crispy and tasty dough, perfect for cookies or tarts. Once you try this homemade pastry dough you can’t do less than make it again, and again!
Pastry cream tart (called in Italy “torta della nonna” = grandmother’s cake ) is a classic Italian dessert. A crispy and flavorful pastry dough shell hide a creamy egg and milk custard. A rain of pine nuts and powdered sugar complete this traditional dessert, a sweet remembrance for any Italian kid!
The pastry cream recipe is one of the most popular basic preparations of the European bakery. This simple and ingenious custard is perfect to fill cream puffs and cakes, but is also excellent on its own, served with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or fruits!
November: it’s time for “caldarroste”! Wait a minute, what does it means “caldarroste”?! Well, “caldarroste” is the name of the Italian roasted chestnuts. Oh men! The roasted chestnuts recipe is one of things that most remind me of the Italian winters! When winter comes, in many places around the Mediterranean basin, from Portugal to Turkey, the hawkers set their large braziers around the edges of the squares, and they roast a huge quantity of chestnuts. In Italy, traditionally we use to eat chestnuts as a sneak in the Sunday afternoon, wandering through the streets of the city centre, or around the table with our friends, drinking a glass of “vino novello” on vacation time.
Yesterday I prepared a dessert as simple as tasty: a chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries. This version is also suitable for those who have a problem with lactose! The flavor of the orange and the taste of strawberries combine greatly with the cocoa cream. If you execute the steps correctly, your mousse will be extremely fluffy and tasty, like a cloud of chocolate!