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Muscardini

Muscardini: Bones of the Dead Cookies

Bones of the Dead (Ossi di Morti in Italian) cookies are traditionally served on All Soul’s Day in Sicily.  They are given to children as a treat from departed loved ones.  They are also known as Muscardini.  These cookies are hard and brittle and do resemble bones.  However, I think they look like melted marshmallows. […]

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MandarinGranita

Mandarin Orange Granita

Granita is a dessert ice that originated in Sicily during its Arab occupation. It is also a type of Italian ice however, Italian ice as we know it has a smoother texture and granita has a more granular texture as the name suggests. Granuloso or granulare means granular in Italian. In Sicily, granita is typically […]

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PumpkinAnginetti

Pumpkin Spice Anginetti Cookies

Anginetti, soft, cake-like, Italian cookies are usually lemon or vanilla flavored.  But this basic cookie can be made in a variety of flavors.  I had some canned pumpkin on hand that was slated for a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but I decided not to make it because some of my guests didn’t like pumpkin pie.  […]

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Espresso and Anise Granita: Granita di Caffe e Anice

Granita is a popular frozen Italian dessert that is made with water, sugar, and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily, some of the more traditional and regional flavors are watermelon, lemon, almond, jasmine, mulberry, and coffee. Granita is sort of like sorbet and Italian ice except the granules are much larger. In Sicily, granita is sometimes […]

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PoachedPear

Poached Pears in Marsala with Ricotta Cream

Poached pears are an easy dessert to prepare.  They can also be made ahead of time, freeing up more time for you to prepare that scrumptious dinner.  I find it’s always a good idea to serve a fruit dessert if the entree you’re serving is on the heavy side.  You can also forego the ricotta […]

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Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath:  Buccellato

Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath: Buccellato

The buccellato, also known as cuccidato, is a large pastry wreath filled with a fragrant spiced fig, raisin, and nut filling. Really, it is just a huge cookie as opposed to its smaller version of fig cookies known respectively as buccellati or cuccidati.  It’s a big tradition in Sicily to make these fig-filled sweets at […]

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Cassata Buche de Noel

Cassata Buche de Noel

This is a different twist of the classic Sicilian cassata cake.  Cassata is a ricotta filled sponge cake that is typically wrapped in marzipan and has an icing glaze.  I usually skip the marzipan because it’s way too sweet for my liking.  This festive buche de Noel (aka Swiss roll) cassata is frosted with a […]

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Pumpkin Ricotta Mousse:  Mousse di Zucca e Ricotta

Pumpkin Ricotta Mousse: Mousse di Zucca e Ricotta

Our friends, who are on a ketogenetic diet, were the inspiration for this recipe.  Plus, the fact that I had some gorgeous pumpkins sitting on my front steps that were just too good to throw out.  Those friends of ours – it can be a challenge coming up with a dessert to serve them – […]

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The Ultimate Profiteroles - Cream Puffs

The Ultimate Profiteroles – Cream Puffs

Profiteroles are French or Italian cream puffs made using pasta choux dough (pàte à choux in French).  They are also referred to as bignès.  Catherine di Medici is attributed with their introduction into Italian cuisine.  Everyone loves cream puffs but most people think they are hard to make.  They are actually very easy providing you […]

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Rustic Almond Cookies

Rustic Almond Cookies

Biscotti means cookie in Italian.  It is a generic term.  I often hear people saying that they made biscotti or they ate biscotti.  They leave me guessing as to what kind of cookie it is.  I have to ask what flavor is it – almond, chocolate, or vanilla?  One common characteristic of “biscotti” is that many of […]

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