Desserts (Dolci)

Panforte

Panforte

  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…
Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

  For many of us, family traditions are a big deal and most of them are centered around special foods, particularly during the holidays. The Christmas season is filled with…
Pistachio Amaretti

Sicilian Amaretti

  Amaretti, are Italian cookies made with almonds. Although I have made these cookies with almonds, pistachios are the traditional nuts used by Sicilians. My grandmother always bought the nuts in…
Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

  This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided…
BIscotti alla Zucca

Biscotti alla Zucca

  These little pumpkin (zucca in Italian) cookies are about the size of a tablespoon. You simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough, chill in the refrigerator for…
Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

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  I don’t know about you but, when the weather gets cooler, I have an urge to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of soul satisfying soups and stews…
Mascarpone Almond Torta

Raspberry & Mascarpone Torta

  Who among us doesn’t enjoy a great pastry or coffee cake? Whether it’s a small wedge with that first cup of coffee in the morning or a generous slice shared…
Honey Mousse

Honey Mousse

  Milk and honey were both among the earliest foods of humankind and the earliest mentioned in the bible. “A land flowing with milk and honey” (Exod.3:8), is an expression…
Roasted Peaches & Gelato

Roasted Peaches & Ice Cream

  Pesche arrostite e gelati is a great solution when you have more peaches than you can eat and they are all ripening at the same time! Roast a few…

Cannoli Ice Cream Pie

  A thin shell of crispy, delicate pastry dough, fried to a golden perfection and then stuffed with a creamy ricotta filling is a Sicilian specialty. Cannoli can be found…

Toasted Coconut Biscotti

  This rich, buttery, coconut cookie recipe was inspired by a family wedding that took place in Kauai this past February. Just as toasting nuts brings out their flavor, the…

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

  Cheesecake is one of those desserts that you’ll find in many eateries from casual cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Typically served with a graham cracker crust, the classic dessert is…

Scorzette di Arancia

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  If you can peel an orange and boil water you can make candied orange peel! I feel very fortunate to have several citrus trees in my yard and I…

Baci di Dama

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  Perugina, the renowned Italian confectionery icon, is Italy’s most beloved chocolate maker. On Valentine’s Day in 1922, Luisa Spagnoli, the co-founder, created their signature candy. Baci, meaning kisses in…

Brown Butter Fig Biscotti

  Toasting the almonds and browning the butter is the key to what gives these nutty, buttery cookies their depth of flavor and richness. Sometimes I add a smear of…

Poached Figs with Ricotta

  I have said many times that dishes do not have to be difficult to prepare nor costly to be delicious. A simple bowl of poached dried figs nestled on…
Holiday Spice Biscotti

Holiday Spice Biscotti

  Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what holidays are made of. I can’t imagine holiday baking without the aromatic fragrances that our favorite spices provide. Spices are derived…

Salame di Fichi

  Although it has been stated many times before that Italians typically do not eat a rich dessert after a meal, it is a well-known fact that Sicilians have a…