Tag Archives: Sicilian Desserts
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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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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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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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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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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Sicilian PIstachio Cookies

Sicilian Pistachio Cookies

The town of Bronte in Sicily is famous for its flavorful and intense green colored pistachio nuts.  Ground Bronte pistachios contain no particles of their papery husks, unlike the domestic pistachio flour (also referred to as ground pistachios) I have purchased.  I use them for special occasions when I want to adorn cakes, pastries, or […]

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