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Ice Cream Torte:  Cassata Gelato

Ice Cream Torte: Cassata Gelato

Cassata Gelato is a frozen dessert made with frozen custard (gelato ice cream) and whipped cream.  Real Cassata Gelato is a rare treat.  It requires making two to three different flavors of ice cream and is really labor intensive, unless you have a decent electric ice cream maker.  This simple version is made using store-bought […]

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Lady Fingers:  Savoiardi

Lady Fingers: Savoiardi

Lady fingers can be a little tricky to make but this recipe for Sicilian lady fingers is super easy.  You don’t have to worry about folding in egg whites and having them come out flat because you didn’t do something right along the way.  These cookies take no more than 20 minutes to throw together.  […]

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Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Made with a pasta frolla crust, this rich Sicilian ricotta and marscapone cheesecake is fragrant with combined flavors of Sicily – citrus, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Forget those dense ricotta cheesecakes you’re used to eating – this ricotta cheesecake is rich, creamy, and light.  Whipped egg whites help to make the ricotta less dense.  And although […]

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Italian Pastry Dough:  Pasta Frolla

Italian Pastry Dough: Pasta Frolla

Pasta frolla is a basic all-purpose Italian pastry dough.  I love pasta frolla because it can be used to make a variety of recipes such as Italian cheesecakes, tarts, pies, pastries, and cookies.  It’s super easy to make and I always have some on hand in the freezer.  Pastichiotti, a Sicilian cream-filled pastry, and cuccidati, […]

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Sweet Fried Ricotta Turnovers:  Cassateddi di Ricotta

Sweet Fried Ricotta Turnovers: Cassateddi di Ricotta

My daughter Amanda and her family came to visit for the weekend.  She lives two hours away – just long enough in distance to qualify for a weekend sleepover.  Which means mom is busy cooking all weekend.  She had been hinting for some time that she has not had her favorite pastries in a while […]

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Sicilian Easter Cookies:  Pupi cu L'ova

Sicilian Easter Cookies: Pupi cu L’ova

Easter is a very important holiday in Sicily.  Local churches hold religious processions.  On Easter morning, the streets are lined with crowds of people waiting to witness and celebrate its culmination with celebrations.  In the town of Castelvetrano, where my mother is from, bearers parade statues of the risen Christ and Madonna.  At the finale, the […]

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Quaresimali Biscotti:  Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali Biscotti: Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali are almond cookies that were traditionally made during Lent (Quaresima).  There are many variations of this recipe but they are usually hard cookies that contain no fat and no egg yolks.  Quaresimali in parts of Northern Italy are alphabet shaped chocolate cookies without nuts.  I make these cookies year-round and add just a little […]

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Anise Taralli Cookies

There are two types of Italian taralli; one is a sweet cookie and the other is a rustic savory biscuit.  Taralli are made throughout southern Italy and the recipe variations are numerous.  Depending what area in Italy, they are also served at different times of the year – such as Easter or All Souls Day […]

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Mustazzoli - Sicilian Spice Cookies

Mustazzoli-Sicilian Spice Cookies

Mustazzoli, mustazzoli, or mostaccioli are cookies, not to be confused with mostaccioli pasta.  These cookies are traditionally served at Christmas time throughout southern Italy.  The cookie has Arabic origins and dates to ancient Roman times where mustaceum cakes were made using grape must.  The first step in winemaking is pressing the grapes with skin and all, […]

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Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake

Last month I went to the farmer’s market and purchased several large pumpkins to decorate the front of our house with for the holiday season.  Pumpkins, you may know, are edible and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  After Halloween and or Thanksgiving most pumpkins usually end up in the trash.  A true […]

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