Desserts (Dolci)

Sesame Lemon Biscotti

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  I remember eating these biscotti as a child, sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table but, I never had them with a glass of milk. She always gave me a…

Lemon Souffle

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  Souffle’s may be sweet or savory, simple or complicated. I rarely do anything complicated any more so this lemon souffle is simply delicious. The word souffle is taken from…

Sicilian S’mores

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  Just in time for the holiday weekend is my Italian twist on an outdoor favorite. Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and for many families the first…

Cannoli Bites

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  Need to satisfy a cannoli craving? Don’t have time to make the traditional shells? These Cannoli Bites are the sweet solution to satisfy your desire for this Sicilian treat.…

Frutta al Spiedino

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  Perfect for Colazione or Dolci (breakfast or dessert). This fruit kabob (spiedino) is a colorful addition to the table and of course it’s paired with Cannoli Cream for that…

Frutta con Cannoli Cream

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  When it comes to dessert, Italians usually opt for fruit at the end of a meal. The wonderfully rich desserts that the country is famous for are generally saved…

Cannoli Cream

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  Ah, the cannoli, a masterpiece of Sicilian pasticceria! This dolce (dessert) is a crisp tube-shaped pastry shell filled with a luscious, sweet ricotta cheese filling. Dusted in confectioner’s sugar…

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Easter Bunny Cake

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  Many years ago, when my son Joe was just a little boy, we spent Easter in the California Sierra’s. We have a cabin surrounded by sugar and ponderosa pine…

Spring Cupcakes

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  Who among us doesn’t love a good cupcake? Apparently not too many based on the number of cupcake shops popping up around town. Have you seen the program Cupcake…

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart

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  I have been making this tart since 1990 and it’s no coincidence that it is the same year Alice Medrich’s cookbook, Cocolat, came out. For those of you who…

Carrot Cake Muffins

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  With the exception of sugar beets, carrots have more sugar than any other vegetable. During the Middle Ages, when sweeteners were scarce and expensive, Europeans used carrots to add…

EspressO’s

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  Did you know that Oreo was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century? They have sold over 461 billion (with a “B”) Oreo cookies since they were introduced 100…

Creme Chantilly

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  Creme Chantilly is a French term for sweetened whipped cream. You’ll find it in all those sinfully delicious French pastries. It’s believed to have been created at the Chateau…

Catheryn Ann’s Bread Pudding

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Once upon a time there was a young woman who made a very good bread pudding. So good was this bread pudding that those who tasted it suggested she share…

Mardi Gras King Cake

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  King Cakes are a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions throughout the south. Also known as Twelfth Night Cake, you will find this brioche-type pastry in bakeries from January 6th…

Pralines

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  During the 17th century, a French Diplomat named Cesar De Plessis-Praslin, had his personal chef create a candy as a calling card to give to the women he was…

Anise Biscotti

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  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…
Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

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  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 cake so I came…
Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

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  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…