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Baci Ice Cream

Baci or Gianduja – different names with the same meaning. The flavor is the winning combination of chocolate and hazelnuts – one of my favorite ice cream flavors. I was determined to get it right this time (yes, it was… Continue reading →

Crisp Lavash Crackers with Roasted Pepper Sun-Dried Tomato Anchovy Dip and Sweet and Sour Asian Eggplant Sesame Dip

Another month, another Daring Bakers’ challenge. This month challenge is quite different from the previous ones. First of all, it’s a savory dish and the second, it’s vegetarian. Even more, the dip or spread for serving with crackers is supposed… Continue reading →

Italian Plum Upside-Down Ricotta Cupcakes

These are very Italian cupcakes. The list of the ingredients speaks for this well. There are fresh ricotta cheese and cornmeal, ground pine nuts and Italian prune-plums. The upside-down idea is not an exclusive American invention either. Italians have been… Continue reading →

Twisted Cookies from the Val d’Aosta (Torcettini di Saint Vincent)

These yeast-risen cookies are a cross between a bread stick and a caramelized puff pastry palmier. The cookies are crunchy – you can easily tell this by their look. But they are not that hard so deciduous wiggly teeth of… Continue reading →

Pine Nut Brittle (Crocante)

The most descriptive word for this would be “addictive”. I made the crocante planning to serve it with not-yet-made ice cream in a couple of days (the crocante can be kept for up to 2 weeks – theoretically speaking). But… Continue reading →

Anise Pistachio Biscotti

These poor things were baked to be crushed into biscotti crumbs needed for executing another dessert (getting ahead of the story: which is delicious and being posted later :). But I liked the outcome enough to give them their own… Continue reading →

Raspberry Tiramisu with Cinnamon Cream

I’ve made a berry variation of this Italian dessert before. Usually I used berry puree with an addition of a matching liqueur for dipping the ladyfingers. But this tiramisu is different from what I used to make. Last weekend we… Continue reading →

Chocolate Zabaione Torta with Grappa-Soaked Cherries

This torta is an adaptation of Lidia Bastianich’s recipe. Although, the only thing almost unchanged was the filling. It seemed like a shame to use canned cherries when the fresh ones are in season. I soaked the fresh cherries in… Continue reading →

Sweet Ricotta Pudding with Roasted Grapes

This is a kind of dessert I’m the most fond of – rustic, homey, full of flavors, and incredibly easy to prepare. Don’t try to serve the pudding on its own, serve it with roasted grapes as intended. They are… Continue reading →

Strawberries in Chianti with Black Pepper Ricotta Cream

(fragole al vino con ricotta e pepe) I guess I’m not the only one who thinks twice before turning the oven on and baking something when the weather is hot. And I’m not complaining, it’s finally resembling summer here. Until… Continue reading →

Zeppoli

I guess everybody is familiar with classic Italian fritters. These are scented with nutmeg and lemon zest. Sure, they are good (as any food fried, to be honest) and incredibly tender. Fried and still warm zeppoli are divided between the… Continue reading →

Cornmeal and Ricotta Honey Cake with Figs and Rosemary

I’m totally in love with Italian sweets. I think there’s more style and elegance in their simplicity than in multi-layered pompous gâteaux. And the flavors of Italian dolce have a tendency to far exceed our expectations. This cake is a… Continue reading →

Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Rhubarb Compote and Sour Cream Ice Cream

The recipe for this bright yellow, zest studded cake is from my newest bargain, “Dolce Italiano” by Gina De Palma. The texture of the cake, due to a good amount of extra virgin olive oil and cornmeal, is soft and… Continue reading →

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