Special Holidays

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), […]

Baked Camembert with Sweet Fruit & Nut Chutney

Baked Camembert with Sweet Fruit & Nut Chutney

While I could eat this all year round, I am going to use the fact that Christmas is just around the corner and we all need something impressive to serve when we start entertaining for the festive season as my excuse to make this as […]

Buccellatini

Buccellatini

This recipe ties to the last recipe I posted, Buccellato Siciliano .  You may not want to make a large wreath and maybe prefer to make some biscuits instead.  These are called Buccellatini and they are made using the exact same ingredients.  I’m adding a separate […]

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 […]

Decorated Sugar Cookies

Decorated Sugar Cookies

I recently made some decorated cookies for Peppino Capuano Jewellery in occasion of ‘La Vendemmia 2017’.  “The excellence of the best international wines encounters the exclusivity of the luxury boutiques in the fascinating setting of Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna”.  La Vendemmia is an exclusive […]

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 […]

Struffoli

Struffoli

Struffoli is a sweet dish traditionally from Napoli made up of marble sized deep-fried pieces of dough, which are then covered in honey. They are usually enjoyed at Christmas or Easter time, but can also be eaten during carnival celebrations, held in February in Italy. Personally I find them […]

Frittelle di Riso

Frittelle di Riso

Continuing with Italian carnival traditions, this recipe is a classic, especially in Tuscany.  Think of that delicious rice pudding you would have as a child, and imagine it rolled into balls, fried, and covered in sugar.  That’s the best description I have to describe these delicious […]

Chiacchiere di Carnevale

Chiacchiere di Carnevale

It’s coming up to Carnival time and bakeries in Italy have trays of ‘chiacchiere’ in their windows. Think a pastry that is thin, crispy, fried and covered in icing sugar…..  I knew that would get your attention! We would have these when I was growing up […]

Chocolate Mince Pies

Chocolate Mince Pies

If you love Fruit Mince Pies and you are a fan of chocolate, then combine the two, upgrade your Christmas traditions and make your mince pies much more decadent by enclosing the fruit mince in a dark chocolate pastry.   I had planned to make the […]