Pumpkins are native to Mexico but are grown throughout the world. Today, in fact, more pumpkins are grown in Italy than in America. It is the people of the Italian region of Veneto that cherish the pumpkin the most. Their local pumpkin, marina di Chioggia, also known as sea pumpkin, after it's native town, is the most popular. The pumpkin is bland but the flesh is an ideal ingredient for the sweet and savory creations of Italian cuisine, such as pumpkin tortelloni,ravioli, and pumpkin fettuccine alfredo. Here we present some of the many Italian desserts that can be made with pumpkin.
Pumpkin cupcakes have a light texture and a delicate spicy flavor and a velvety smooth cream cheese icing. Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe >>
This recipe takes the delicious flavor and creamy texture of cannoli filling and turns it into a wonderful party snack with some added pumpkin flavor. Cannoli Dip Recipe >>
Pumpkin cheesecake combines the velvety, smooth texture of cheesecake flavored with spices on a gingersnap crust with a creamy sour cream topping and crunchy walnuts. Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe >>
A traditional pumpkin pie with amaretti cookies and amaretto liqueur added to the filling over a rich, buttery crust. Pumpkin Pie Recipe >>
A delicious version of tiramisu that's perfect for a special autumn dinner or to add to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. Pumpkin Tiramisu Recipe >>
With the simple addition of pumpkin puree and some spices, you can turn traditional zeppole into something special for an autumn treat or to add to your Thanksgiving dessert table. Pumpkin Zeppole Recipe >>
Cubes of panettone bread are baked with a creamy pumpkin and spice-flavored custard and topped with a rich crème anglaise sauce and a dollop of bourbon-flavored whipped cream. Bread Pudding Recipe >>
This gelato has the wonderful taste of pumpkin pie. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and crushed amaretti cookies.