Cakes and sweets

How to eat Italian persimmons

How to eat Italian persimmons

One of autumn’s many gifts in Italy is the kaki fruit, or persimmon. These bright orange fruits, simply called cachi in Italian, must be eaten when fully ripe. They have a super-thin skin that reveals a soft, jam-like, impossibly sweet flesh underneath. One thing that have […]

Pane dei Morti – Bread of the Dead

Pane dei Morti – Bread of the Dead

Pane dei Morti, or Bread of the Dead, are sweet biscuits traditionally eaten in Milan and Lombardy for the Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day which is celebrated on November 2 every year. The celebration follows Ognissanti, or All Saints’ Day on November […]

Apple strudel

Apple strudel

Apple strudel is a classic recipe of South Tyrol in the North East of Italy. This Alpine region borders Austria and is culturally very close to it. People from South Tyrol are comfortable speaking German as much, or even more, than speaking Italian, and there […]

Pesche ripiene – Baked stuffed peaches with amaretti

Pesche ripiene – Baked stuffed peaches with amaretti

Stuffed peaches baked in the oven used to be a favourite among desserts at my parents restaurant, and it’s not difficult to see why. This concoction of peaches, amaretti biscuits, cocoa powder, sugar and butter is as easy and quick to prepare as it is […]

Crostata with apricot jam

Crostata with apricot jam

Breakfast is not a real meal in Italy. I don’t really know why, but food options are limited, drink options are limited and a significant number of people just skip it altogether, preferring a large cup of coffee brewed in a moka coffee machine at […]

Panettone with sherry flavoured mascarpone cream

Panettone with sherry flavoured mascarpone cream

One of the most iconic preparations from my hometown Milan, in recent years panettone has become very popular as a Christmas cake in the UK as well. Panettoni of all sizes and flavours – chocolate, fruit, topped with almonds just to name a few – […]