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Affogato

Affogato

Tweet     Affogato al Caffe literally means drowned in coffee. This Italian combination of vanilla gelato and a shot of espresso is a quick and easy dessert that will satisfy your guests sweet tooth as well as their caffeine fix. You may use the recipe as a guide line but feel free to add […]

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Torta di Prugna

Torta di Prugna

Tweet   During  the 1980’s when I lived in Campbell, California I entered a baking contest. It was for the Campbell Prune Festival held in the streets of our historic downtown. This was a wonderful celebration of community sponsored by the Sunsweet Prune Company, formerly known as The California Prune and Apricot Growers Association. Judged on […]

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marsala apple cake

Marsala Apple Cake

Tweet The town of Marsala is located in the north west part of Sicily and produces a fortified wine bearing her name. In the late 1700’s the wine was ‘fortified’ with Brandy thus giving it a longer shelf life for all those seafaring men. I recently had a neighbor (who is an excellent baker) ask […]

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Panforte

Tweet Panforte dates back to the year 1000 and is the traditional Christmas dolce of Siena, one of the first cities in Italy to use sugar and rare spices. This rich, chewy, cake-like confection is loaded with hazelnuts, almonds and candied citrus peels and is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper. One […]

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Limoncello Tiramisu

Tweet   Although there are myths to the contrary, it may surprise you to discover that Tiramisu (which means “pick-me-up” in Italian) was created quite recently (by European standards). Sometime in the 1930’s, a small restorante (restaurant) in Treviso, located northwest of Venice on Italy’s Adriatic coast, came up with this decadent dessert. Clients of […]

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Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

Tweet The first time I ever had lemon curd was also the first time I had a proper cup of tea. My mother and I were in Victoria, British Columbia, for a long weekend. (It’s a quick trip from San Francisco). We arrived by ferry at night, and were welcomed with the sight of the […]

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Anise Biscotti

Tweet   Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for a mid-day snack with a cappuccino (my personal favorite) or dunked into the local Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine. Biscotti, pronounced “bee SKOAT tee” is plural for biscotto, which literally means twice (bis) cooked (cotto). This technique was used to produce a […]

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Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Tweet     For years I’ve made only our traditional biscotti recipes, anise, lemon and almond. My best friend, Dinora, likes the candied fruit one finds in fruit cakes so I came up with a special biscotti recipe just for her. The first time I made them I used the candied fruit you get in […]

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Panettone Muffins

Panettone Muffins

Tweet I discovered this recipe the last time I ordered Fiori di Sicilia for my biscotti recipe. King Arthur Flour is the oldest flour company in America and has served my baking needs well. I have never paid much attention to their recipes but this one caught my eye. Now I must tell you, I […]

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Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Tweet     Ganache is a silky smooth mixture of chocolate and cream and the results rely on the quality of the chocolate used. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet, milk, dark or white, just be certain to use a pure chocolate. That means it only has chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla and lecithin. […]

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