Desserts

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 […]

Crostata di Ricotta e Visciole – Ricotta & Sour Cherry Tart

Crostata di Ricotta e Visciole – Ricotta & Sour Cherry Tart

  ‘Visciole’ are sour cherries often used in tarts in Italy, particularly in Rome.  Crostata di ricotta and visciole is a dessert that belongs to Roman Jewish traditions, and if you ever pass through the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, you really should make sure that you taste […]

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 […]

Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding

This vintage recipe never goes out of date!  My English grandmother taught it to me on one of my many weekend sleepovers at her house when I was little.  Weekend sleepovers always included baking, although this recipe requires no baking at all! It’s that time […]

Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

We woke to heavy rain this morning, and  I think there is nothing better than having a sleep in listening to the rain outside, which is exactly what I did.  As I lay there though, I thought that it was also a perfect day to […]

Baklava

Baklava

When I lived in an apartment as a student in North Melbourne, I remember buying Baklava from the Victoria Market. Although sickly sweet, I adore it and love the fine, delicate layers of filo pastry that are an integral part of this dessert.  The origins […]

Lamington Layer Cake

Lamington Layer Cake

After making 120 little Lamington squares for ANZAC Day, I didn’t manage to eat one.  My friends Carla and Maria were also saying that the Lamingtons disappeared too quickly, so it was then that I decided maybe I should make us all one big layered Lamington […]

Mini Pavlovas

Mini Pavlovas

Annabella recently informed me in shock that she was in need of a pavlova recipe, and her first port of call in her online search was my blog! (Brava!)… She called me indignantly asking why on earth didn’t I have my pavlova recipe posted here!  […]

Classic Tarte Tatin

Classic Tarte Tatin

For any traditionalists that wanted to have a more classic tarte tatin as opposed to the pear version in my last post, I thought I’d make an original apple tarte tatin this morning and post the recipe for you. (I just hope you appreciate the […]