Breakfast

Crostata di Pesche – Peach Tart

Crostata di Pesche – Peach Tart

  With summer almost upon us, the markets have started filling with colour from gorgeous summer fruits.  It’s only the beginning of the season and while the selection may still be a little limited, there is already a good choice available.  I adore peaches and was thrilled […]

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bacon & Maple Syrup

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bacon & Maple Syrup

Everyone loves pancakes for breakfast, but sometimes it’s nice to change your usual recipe and try something different.  These pumpkin pancakes offer a bit of spice, the crispy bacon gives you a deliciously salty crunch and strangely enough, all this marries well with a good […]

Casatiello Napoletano with Quail Eggs

Casatiello Napoletano with Quail Eggs

Casatiello Napoletano is a savoury bread traditionally eaten during Easter celebrations.  I find it so very delicious and very addictive, and it’s hard not to eat too much of it at one sitting.  It is traditional to bake the Casatiello with chicken eggs placed on the […]

Budini di Riso

Budini di Riso

These delicious rice pudding tarts, known as ‘Budini di Riso’ are a traditional Tuscan pastry and are usually eaten for breakfast. (Budini is plural, you may see them named Budino di Riso).   They can be found in most bars, (and by ‘bar’ I mean ‘cafe’) in Tuscany and […]

Eggs Benedict – Italian Style!

Eggs Benedict – Italian Style!

I love eggs for breakfast, and if I’m out, there is one dish I will always choose for a satisfying breakfast and that’s Eggs Benedict.  I would usually have this as ‘Brunch’, because I would rarely want lunch after a plate of these.  So, let’s […]

Wholemeal Pancakes with Banana & Walnuts

Wholemeal Pancakes with Banana & Walnuts

Pancakes are always a favourite breakfast choice in my house, especially with my son Joseph.  It isn’t strange for him the request pancakes at any time of the day actually, and has a habit of requesting them late at night after dinner too.  Pancake batter […]

Granita di Caffè

Granita di Caffè

I LOVE Coffee….. although once apon a time I would only drink tea.  The first time I had a good Italian coffee was the first time I visited Florence where my sister Lisa was living at the time, over 20 years ago.  We were at the […]

Maritozzi con la Panna – Sweet Roman Bun with Cream

Maritozzi con la Panna – Sweet Roman Bun with Cream

Maritozzi are sweet buns that you will often find in bakeries in Rome.  They can be plain but usually close to Easter you will find them with sultanas, candied peel and sometimes also pine nuts.  In this recipe I have just used sultanas soaked in […]

Mini Panettone

Mini Panettone

While it is important for me to bake my mother’s traditional English Christmas recipes during the festive season, Christmas without at least one panettone would feel very odd indeed.  Italians will prefer ‘pandoro’ (a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread) or panettone at Christmas time.  I […]

Crostata – Italian Jam Tart

Crostata – Italian Jam Tart

  A crostata, ‘Italian style’  or jam tart as we know it, is one of those really easy  desserts that takes no time (or much skill) to make and is always lovely to have on hand in the kitchen.  While they are readily available to […]