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Desserts

Chocolate salami (without eggs)
Chocolate salami (without eggs). Nonna’s recipes
If a book about grandmothers served the purpose of not missing mine, I would look for it. I'm usually able to manage memories, but some days, it is hard to manage their B-sides. Yes, memories have two sides, like coins and old vinyl records. Side A makes memories a soft dough that will rise in the oven; it…
A recipe for chocolate pralines called Cri Cri
A recipe for chocolate pralines called Cri Cri
Cri Cri are chocolate pralines of Piedmontese origin, and if you're wondering what they have to do with me recounting the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, I'll tell you right now. On January 6 in Italy, we celebrate the Befana, which closes the festivities of the Christmas season. That day, I would wake up early while the house was…
Stuffed Pandoro recipe
Stuffed Pandoro recipe + a Christmas tale
Christmas stuffed pandoro is a preparation that takes me back to the 1980s and 1990s when I was cheerful and carefree in that light-hearted way typical of youth. Since mascarpone was a widely used ingredient in Christmas recipes, what was left over would end up stuffing a pandoro. Sometimes panettone also. In this case, one would empty…
Duchess stracchino chilled dessert
Duchess stracchino: a chilled dessert from Emilia
Duchess stracchino is a chilled dessert from Emilia. It has a simple preparation, ingredients that, usually, everyone likes, and a frozen dessert texture. And although the name evokes stracchino, a soft cheese typical of northern Italy, this ingredient is not there. The origin and name of the dessert are uncertain. The origin of the dessert Folklore tells a…
Torta Tenerina
Tenerina Cake: typical recipe from Emilia-Romagna
I arrange the ingredients on the table: fresh eggs from the countryside, dark chocolate, powdered sugar, flour, butter, and salt. That's all you need for Tenerina Cake. Some dishes make you travel into the past. And like Proust's Madeleine, they are tickets to a nostalgic tour aboard the Orient Express. The bar of dark chocolate I…
Barozzi cake my way
Barozzi cake my way and its story since 1886
From my seat on the train, I watch the Emilian countryside flow gently under my eyes. It's a series of villages that seem to hold hands, grain fields, and fruits. As I approach the town of Vignola, I see only cherry trees for which the area is famous. I am about to tell a story of secret recipes…
Nonna's special tiramisù recipe
The special tiramisù recipe of Nonna Sara
Nonna's special tiramisù is a recipe we had lost and recently found again. So many of her recipes brighten tables that are not our own. Nonna left few written recipes compared to her enormous repertoire. On the other hand, she shared them by letter with other women and as many as she received. Or she exchanged them with…
Amaretti and chocolate cake
Amaretti and chocolate cake: a great Italian classic dessert
How many chocolate cake recipes are there? So many, and I would like to try them all. A chocolate cake and a book I love The recipe is from The Great Dixter Cookbook; Recipes from an English Garden. A book where cooking follows the seasons, using ingredients from the garden of Great Dixter, a historic garden home located…
Italian Zuppa Inglese cake recipe
Zuppa Inglese cake, memories and nonna’s recipe
Zuppa Inglese cake (English Soup) was one of the spoon desserts that nonna made most often. It was one of the Sunday lunch desserts. It was such a simple recipe for her that never, not once, did she make it for Easter or Christmas. Good thing, since I wouldn't say I liked it. Besides the Vera Torta…
Italian pumpkin pie recipe
Pumpkin pie recipe (from scratch): All Saints or Halloween?
For the first time, I made an American pumpkin pie to celebrate Halloween and All Saints' Day. In Italy, although Halloween related festivities are increasingly celebrated, the real holidays are All Saints Day (Festa di Ognissanti) on November 1 and All Souls Day (Giorno dei Morti) on November 2. Not an Italian pie but the American pumpkin…

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