Special Holidays

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day isn’t really a day I take much notice of, but it is a nice excuse to decorate some chocolate cookies. I was actually asked to do these for a little public interest story for the morning news, and once I started – well, […]

Cotechino with Lentils – Happy New Year!

Cotechino with Lentils – Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve in Italy is marked by a large, festive meal which might have seafood as the protagonist.  The dinner on December 31st is called the cenone di San Silvestro or cenone di Capodanno, the word ‘cenone‘ being Italian for ‘big dinner’.  Some traditions […]

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), […]

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 […]