Sweet Kitchen

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 […]

Italian Red Wine Biscuits

Italian Red Wine Biscuits

There is a wonderful food store across the street from where I live that sells bags of very addictive  Italian Red Wine Biscuits.  They are much smaller and thinner than when I make them,  but eating one just leads to you reaching for another and […]

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 […]

Tutorial: Decorating a Gingerbread House for Christmas

Tutorial: Decorating a Gingerbread House for Christmas

Making and decorating a Gingerbread House at Christmas time can be a fun and satisfying activity.  It can also be an activity that starts off well, but ends in tears and may risk having you throw pieces of gingerbread at the closest wall in frustration.  […]

Mini Panettone

Mini Panettone

While it is important for me to bake my mother’s traditional English Christmas recipes during the festive season, Christmas without at least one panettone would feel very odd indeed.  Italians will prefer ‘pandoro’ (a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread) or panettone at Christmas time.  I […]

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 […]

My Mother’s Luxurious Christmas Cake

My Mother’s Luxurious Christmas Cake

This is probably one of my most cherished recipes.  If I close my eyes and inhale the aromas exuding from this cake, I can take myself back in time and imagine my mother lovingly unwrapping her Christmas Cake to feed it with brandy in the lead […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I am welcoming Autumn this year by celebrating the pumpkin, which is one of my favourite vegetables.  I love it in the many ways it can be cooked, both savoury and sweet recipes.  So whether you love a comforting bowl of Pumpkin Soup or a traditional American Pumpkin […]