Sweet Kitchen

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

Gingerbread

When looking for a good Gingerbread recipe, two things are important to me, and the first thing is the flavour.  I want gingerbread to have a strong spice aroma and taste – otherwise it’s just not gingerbread!  The second important thing when making cut-out cookies, […]

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 […]

Christmas Custard Cookies

Christmas Custard Cookies

These cookies are so delicious, it’s difficult to stop at just a couple and impossible to eat just one.  It is a variation of a shortbread recipe.  I had every intention to bake the recipe my mother and Aunts would use every Christmas (they made […]

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 […]

Shortbread

Shortbread

My English grandmother would make shortbread and she comes to mind whenever I eat it.   I think it was one of the first things she taught my sister and I to bake.  Last week I spotted a beautiful Nordic Ware snowflake baking pan, and […]