Castagnaccio – Traditional Italian Chestnut Flour Cake

Autumn means chestnuts, and in Italy there is a very particular and interesting traditional cake made with chestnut flour: the Castagnaccio. More precisely is a cake typical of the regions Tuscany, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Lazio, but it’s also made on Corsica island. We call it cake but it’s not really matching the common idea…

Biscotti di Prato – a.k.a. Cantuccini**

I’m sure that many of you heard about these famous Tuscan biscuits 🙂 and probably most of you heard about the word “Cantuccini” more often than “biscotti di Prato”. **Actually the title it’s not completely right because they are not exactly the same, and here I would like to talk a bit about their history…

Pancakes

More precisely American/Canadian pancakes, because everywhere in the world there are various types of pancakes 🙂 These are the ones which are often prepared in USA or Canada for breakfast, where they are usually topped with maple syrup (better if the natural real maple syrup than the artificial ones), honey or chocolate and served with fruit,…

Torta di Mele – Apple Cake

I think almost everyone have an apple cake recipe, and if they are made with good quality ingredients they are all good 🙂 the apple cakes are those cakes that make us think to the “grandmother cakes”, they are probably the more “homey” of the cakes and they are usually quite easy to make. And…

Chiacchiere – Italian Carnival Sweet (Angel Wings)

I was never very passionate about Carnival masks, I don’t know why, but I was definitely about Carnival sweets 😀 and in Italy there are tens and tens of Carnival sweets 🙂 In the various regions of Italy (but also in other countries) you can find this sweet under several different names: chiacchiere (literally “chit-chat”),…

Sbrisolona Cake

The Sbrisolona is a cake typical of Mantua area, it’s hard, friable and rich (of calories 😀 ), it’s a rustic recipe with a poor origin (from the old peasant culture, as often) and with a history that dates back several centuries (it seems the first recipes are from the XVI/XVII century), and some sources…

Candied Orange Peels

I’ll tell you soon: this is a recipe that will take a looot of time 🙂 but mostly just to wait. And before going to the recipe, I think an introduction is needed 🙂 Maybe some of you will think “why so much effort, when with a little money we can buy?” 😀 well, actually…

Kaiserschmarrn (Traditional Austrian Dessert)

Kaiserschmarrn is a quite simple dessert, that kind of dessert that makes you comfortable and that gives you a “home atmosphere”, especially if you serve it in the old way inside an iron pan, as they often do in Austria or Bavaria 🙂 Kaiserschmarrn is a sort of pancake which is then broken into smaller…

Zabaione Cream

This is absolutely one of my favorite creams! And it’s fast and quite easy to make 🙂 It’s a cream to eat just as it is (and in the past grandmothers were preparing it for the nephews when they “needed energy” 🙂 ), or to be added on some cakes, for example a classic pairing…

“Autumn Glass” :)

This is a simple and fast idea I had today, while thinking what to do with the last 2 persimmons remaining in the house 🙂 I used ingredients I had at home, and I have to say that though improvable, it was really good 🙂 And since the persimmon is one of the most typical fruits…

Persimmon Jam, with Quince and Ginger

Lately we went back to Italy, to my parents house, and since I saw that the persimmon tree in my father’s field was full of nice and big fruits, we decided to bring back some to Hungary and to make a nice and spicy jam, using also some quince and a little bit of ginger…