Desserts

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

    Apple cake is quite commonly seen in Italy especially on dessert lists in restaurants. The Italian version of an apple cake is often not very high so the percentage of apple topping to cake is about 50/50.  I have made this recipe in […]

Last-Minute Christmas Cake with Glazed Candied Fruit

Last-Minute Christmas Cake with Glazed Candied Fruit

While you might have the very best intentions to bake a Christmas Cake in October, feeding it twice weekly with Brandy leading up to December, sometimes life just gets in the way and before you realise it it’s December and Christmas Day is a week […]

Panforte

Panforte

Panforte is a classic Italian Christmas dessert.  It’s a very dense, rich confection loaded with nuts, candied or dried fruit, and spices (hence its name, which means “strong bread”).  Panforte has a long history. It was made by apothecaries, old-time pharmacists, and it was only […]

Gingerbread Mince Pies

Gingerbread Mince Pies

It’s no secret I love Christmas fruit mince pies, and while I love the classic version, I’m happy to experiment and try other flavour combinations.  Last year I made Chocolate Mince Pies using a chocolate pastry paired with my mother’s rich fruit mince filling (link below), […]

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

This recipe will give quantities for one 9-inch (24cm)  blueberry pie baked in a deep pie dish.  I have used these quantities to make 6 individual portions in ramekins.  Once you have the filling and pastry ready, the choice is yours.  Blueberry Pie Pastry 250 […]

Buccellato Siciliano

Buccellato Siciliano

Buccellato is a traditional fragrant and sweet Sicilian pastry which starts appearing in December and is usually associated with the Christmas holidays.  Dried figs, spices, sweet Sicilian wine called Zibibbo and nuts such as pistachio, walnuts, almonds and dark chocolate are encased in a sweet […]

Individual Fig & Date Puddings

Individual Fig & Date Puddings

These little puddings are very similar to the Sticky Toffee Pudding that I was known to make to end many a dinner party during my single years.  It is an easy recipe and a sure crowd pleaser.  I always made my sticky toffee pudding in […]

Persimmon Cake

Persimmon Cake

This is often called ‘Persimmon Bread’.  It does resemble a ‘banana bread’ in that it’s baked in a loaf tin, and there isn’t any luscious, creamy frosting on top, but this recipe seems more like a cake.  It is very sweet, plus I also added […]

Cherry Chocolate Bars

Cherry Chocolate Bars

When you live overseas, you often have moments of nostalgia which invariably include craving a food or flavours from home.  Although I’m not one to eat chocolate bars on a regular basis, if I could arrange a steady shipment from Australia it would be for […]

Dark Chocolate Tarts

Dark Chocolate Tarts

If you love rich dark chocolate and love the idea of a chocolate filling topped with dark chocolate ganache sitting inside a chocolate pastry shell, then you will fall in love with these tarts.  You could use this recipe to fill a round 24cm tart […]