Sweet Kitchen

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 […]

Torta di Mele – Italian Apple Custard Tart

Torta di Mele – Italian Apple Custard Tart

Every bakery and every Nonna in Italy will bake a version of this, and it’s a marriage made in heaven when you combine pastry, custard and apples.  Serve it warm with a generous scoop of vanilla gelato for the ultimate dessert fix.  Don’t worry if […]

Brutti ma Buoni

Brutti ma Buoni

  Brutti ma Buoni are a chewy and crunchy biscuit or ‘cookie’, consisting basically of meringue and hazlenuts.  Their origin is from Gavirate (province of Varese) in Lombardia, dating back to 1878.  Their name comes from the way they look, and it literally translates to ‘Ugly but Good’.  […]

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

If you love Chocolate Mousse, but feel guilty consuming loads of cream, you will love this less guilt-ridden version.  It isn’t low calorie, and avocados are high in fat, but they are not high in saturated fat. Instead providing a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Valentines Day Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Valentines Day Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Valentines Day is a great excuse to bake something decadent for those you love, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just spoiling your partner, or lover….. Valentines Day is a day to demonstrate your love and gratitude to all your loved ones, be that children, parents, […]