dessert recipes

torta all’ arancia (orange cake)

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in blog posts, dessert recipes, snack recipes | 0 comments

torta all’ arancia (orange cake)

Before I embark on a description of how light and fluffy this easy orange cake is, I feel I should explain myself. Perhaps a mea culpa doesn’t matter amid the gorge (collective noun?) of food bloggers posting with hearty gusto out there.  However I have failed spectacularly to blog a single recipe in recent weeks. My excuse? Things have been a little hectic of late. In a sort of leaving my staff job, and setting myself up as a freelance journalist kind of a way. But my new business is now up and running and I’m now into my third week of not, I repeat, not getting up at 5am to be in the newsroom for 6. I’m already feeling like a new person. So what better way to celebrate than with cake. This recipe is from the family of a Sicilian man I interviewed for a BBC radio documentary.

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crema di frutta al limone (lemon curd fruit pots)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in dessert recipes, favourites | 0 comments

crema di frutta al limone (lemon curd fruit pots)

This dessert is a great way to get fruit into kids. It’s an unusual alternative to banana custard and as long as they’ll try lemon flavour, it’s a real hit. You can use any fruit you like but I’ve found pears, strawberries, mangos, raspberries or blueberries work best. This recipe is inspired by an Italian writer and single mum I met when I was living in Rome. At that time she was writing an Italian cookbook that included a chapter on her friends’ favourite dishes. I feel rather ashamed that when she asked me for a suggestion, I didn’t exactly take it very seriously.  Infact, and I can’t believe I’m admitting this, I called my Mum to ask for a recipe I could pass off as my own. My interest in cooking still wasn’t up to much at that point you see.

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coppette di nutella e ricotta (nutella and ricotta tartlets)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in dessert recipes, favourites | 1 comment

coppette di nutella e ricotta (nutella and ricotta tartlets)

This idea was inspired by an Italian dad I interviewed who once told me he would make a very simple ricotta and Nutella pudding for his kids when left in charge. I’m assuming he’d cook something savoury first, but who knows. At least ricotta has calcium I guess. Anyhow, I remembered this when I began making mince pies today. My daughter reminded me she hates the ‘pippy bits’, by which she means the mincemeat. So I thought I’d experiment by using this Nutella and ricotta mixture in little open tartlets. When baked, the chocolate is light and fluffy with a gently crackled top. These slightly alternative mince pies went down a treat. With everyone. Hope you like them too. 

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salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in dessert recipes, favourites | 1 comment

salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

This fun no-cook chocolate recipe comes from a headmistress in Naples. She told me it’s a firm favourite at birthday parties. She should know. She has a family herself and has been a teacher for over 3 decades. I did a bit of a double take though when she sent me the recipe and I saw limoncello (lemon liqueur) on the list of ingredients. I called her up to check.  “Are you sure about limoncello for kids?” I asked. “You don’t have to use it” she answered, “rum works just as well”.  

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tramezzini di ricotta e anguria (watermelon and ricotta sarnies)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in dessert recipes, snack recipes | 4 comments

tramezzini di ricotta e anguria (watermelon and ricotta sarnies)

What’s not to love about cool pink sandwiches for a dessert or snack? The icy crunch of chilled watermelon combined with silky sweet ricotta. Irresistable.  This embarrasingly simple idea makes a healthy change from endless lollies and ice-cream. Little people love helping cut the shapes out and bigger people might also like to try these with a slice or two of parma ham, and a nice glass of chilled white wine. 

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la torta allo yogurt (yoghurt breakfast cake)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in breakfast recipes, dessert recipes, favourites | 15 comments

la torta allo yogurt (yoghurt breakfast cake)

The Italian sweet breakfast is legendary. Pastries, brioches, biscuits… often filled with cream or nutella. When I lived in Rome I loved breakfast so much, I’d have two. Of course now I’m a responsible parent I’m not suggesting you should feed kids cake for breakfast every day, but now and again why not! This  is unbelievably simple to make, and brilliant if you want small people to help out /create extra mess.  I’d even say it’s pretty healthy  - made with yoghurt and wheatgerm, and olive oil instead of butter. It’s a real treat for a weekend breakfast. Delicious with fresh fruit. Or without. Oh, and there’s no faffing with scales – just use the yoghurt pot. Genius. 

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