Now Over 300 Recipes for Italian Desserts
This is our collection of Italian dessert recipes for everyday, holidays, seasons of the year, and special occasions. It contains traditional and non-traditional (cucina nuova) Italian desserts for simple family gatherings or for entertaining.
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TIPS FOR A GREATER CAKE
PLAN AHEAD Butter, eggs, and liquids should be at room temperature to combine evenly. Butter can be microwaved in short increments at 50% power to speed up the process and whole eggs can be placed in warm water.
DON'T RUSH when mixing the butter and sugar. This step, called creaming, aerates the batter for a light and fluffy texture.
CHECK THE INGREDIENTS specified in the recipe. Even when not stated, most baking recipes require that unsalted butter and large eggs be used.
MEASURE flour in a dry measuring cup, leveling it off with aknife. Measure liquids in a liquid measuring cup, checking for accuracy at eye level.
ALTERNATE dry and wet ingredients when beating them into the batter. This helps to prevent toughness. Always begin and end with the dry ingredients.
CAKE BATTER can't be made in advance but unfrosted cakes can ... and they also may be frozen. Cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap before refrigerating for 2 days or freezing for a month. Thaw completely before icing or decorating.
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Knot Cookies are traditional Italian cookies that are usually made for special occasions, especially weddings.
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with mascarpone cheese, delicate ladyfingers, and laced with strong espresso coffee and Marsala wine.
In this recipe the apples are folded into the cheesecake mixture, poured over a graham cracker crust, and topped with a crunchy crumb topping.
Sfogliatelle means many leaves or layers and this crisp pastry's texture resembles leaves stacked on each other.
Sicilian cassata is a traditional dessert made with ricotta cheese, candied citrus peel, and homemade sponge cake (pan di spagna).
Zeppole are a fried Italian pastry that are served warm and dusted with confectioners' sugar or cinnamon-sugar.
This tart has a ricotta cheese filling that is light in texture with a subtle citrus orange flavor on top of a crunchy chocolate and cinnamon pastry crust.
Pizza di Crema is a Neapolitan custard pie flavored with orange zest, cinnamon, and vanilla and enhanced with cherries.
Here are two recipes for cupcakes with the wonderful flavor of Amaretto liqueur; one
These ices are a mixture of water, sugar and a flavoring. They are grainy in texture and are frozen in a pan in the freezer.
Candied orange peel is the skin or peel of an orange that has been "preserved' in a sugar syrup.
These festively colored cookies are made with 3 layers of cake with a rich almond flavor, separated by sweet apricot jam, and topped with chocolate icing.
This recipe takes the delicious flavor and creamy texture of cannoli filling and turns it into a wonderful party snack.
A traditional Italian pizzelle recipe with the added flavors of pumpkin and spices.
Italian rum cake is a traditional Italian dessert often purchased at an Italian bakery and
served on birthdays or other special occasions.
In Italian, cream puffs are called "Bocconcini con Crema" or little mouthfuls of pastry with cream.
The names and shapes of these fried delicacies differ from region to region.
A crisp, buttery tart shell filled with lemon-flavored custard and topped with slices of fresh seasonal fruit.
The babas are made with a sweetened yeast dough and are soaked with Limoncello syrup after baking.
This is a very rich and decadent chocolate cake that requires no baking. The creamy chocolate mousse filling sits on a crunchy chocolate cookie crumb crust and is topped with sweetened whipped cream.
Spumone is a molded Italian ice cream dessert usually containing chopped fruits and nuts.
A sweet and creamy custard pie with wheat berrie and candied citrus inside a lattice-topped pastry crust.
Polenta pound cake is a simple cake that packed with the flavors of lemon, vanilla, and almond.
A silky chocolate pudding filling topped with espresso flavored whipped cream.
Apple Crostata is a very rustic-style apple pie with some added crunch. This recipe is easily adapted to create other types of fruit crostatas; try sliced pears, peaches, or berries.
These miniature apple strudels are the perfet size for a quick snack, to add to a dessert buffet, or to end an elegant meal. The strudels are made with phyllo dough and filled with apples raisins,and walnuts.
Fiadone or ricotta pie is a typical Italian dessert is often served as an Easter specialty in southern Italy.
A different chocolate chip cookie recipe with the added flavors of orange and pistachio. Each ingredient has it's own distinctive taste that blends to create a truly delicious cookie.
A delicious and unique cheesecake that combines apple cider-flavored risotto with a luscious cream cheese filling and is topped with fresh brown sugar and cinnamon apple slices.
ENJOY DELICIOUS HOMEMADE PIZZELLE
Pizzelle are known as ferratelle in the Lazio region of Italy. In Molise they may be called ferratelle, cancelle, or pizzelle. The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron. The iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled.
In this recipe, traditional Italian holiday bread, panettone, is baked with a creamy pumpkin and spice-flavored custard. Servings are then topped with a rich crème anglaise sauce and a dollop of bourbon-flavored whipped cream.
MAKE CANNOLI AT HOME
Surprise family & friends with cream-filled cannolis. Wrap dough around metal tubes and fry in hot oil till golden brown. Fill with traditional ricotta or pastry cream filling ...
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This trio includes a light and crisp Pinot Grigio from Veneto, a juicy red from Tuscany and a spicy Nero d'Avola from Sicily.
This tri-colored cake is inspired by the classic Italian rainbow cookies, also known as Venetian Layered Cookies, looks and tastes like the cookies but this time it's a giant cake. Colorful layers of almond cake are sandwiched together with fruit preserves and covered with a chocolate ganache icing.