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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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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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Pasticciotti

Pasticciotti

Pasticciotti, next to cannoli, are one of my favorite Italian pastries.  They are sort of like a small custard pie – a tender crust on the outside and a rich pastry cream on the inside.  They are a staple in Italian bakeries along the east coast but difficult to find elsewhere.  This particular version is filled […]

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Saint Joseph Cream Puffs-Sfinci di San Giuseppe

March 19, la Festa di San Giuseppe (the Feast of San Joseph), is an important holiday celebrated by Roman Catholics throughout Italy.  In Sicily it’s customary to make certain dishes on a patron saint’s feast day to honor them.  Leave it to the Italians to venerate their saints with food dishes! Celebratory customs and the […]

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Italian Honey Balls: Pignolata

Pignolata or Struffoli is an Italian dessert that is popular (mostly in southern Italy) during Christmas and Carnevale.  Pignolata is typically made of little bite-size morsels of fried dough, covered with caramelized honey and topped with festive sprinkles and candied fruit.  Nuts are sometimes also added.  Another version from Messina is coated with chocolate and […]

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