Sweet Kitchen

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, […]

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 […]