Tarts

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), […]

Cherry Chocolate Bars

Cherry Chocolate Bars

When you live overseas, you often have moments of nostalgia which invariably include craving a food or flavours from home.  Although I’m not one to eat chocolate bars on a regular basis, if I could arrange a steady shipment from Australia it would be for […]

Dark Chocolate Tarts

Dark Chocolate Tarts

If you love rich dark chocolate and love the idea of a chocolate filling topped with dark chocolate ganache sitting inside a chocolate pastry shell, then you will fall in love with these tarts.  You could use this recipe to fill a round 24cm tart […]

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 […]

Lime Tart with Gingerbread Crust

Lime Tart with Gingerbread Crust

If you love desserts that are sweet and tart at the same time, and you are a fan of lemon tart, then you will love this recipe for Lime Tart.  I was recently gifted a bag of limes ‘left-over’ from a food styling job where I worked […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]