When you think about the foods of Italy, you might not think of apples, yet Italy is one of the top five producers of apples worldwide. The area most associated with apples is Val di Non in the northeastern region of Trentino. But apples are also grown in Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Piedmont, and Campania. Apples appear in the local cuisine in a variety of ways, most commonly in desserts and cakes. These apple dessert recipes are a simply delicious treat for fall and winter.
This is a delicious variation of the traditional cannoli recipe. It's a great dessert for any fall get-together or a special addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. Caramel Apple Cannoli Recipe >>
Austria is the homeland of strudel but the dessert is also popular in the Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions in northern Italy. Traditional strudel is usually made into one large roll that is sliced and served. These miniature strudels are bite-size. Mini Strudels Recipe >>
In this recipe the apples are gently cooked in a brown sugar and spice sauce to develop and then the apples are folded into the cheesecake mixture and poured over a graham cracker crust. The crumb topping is added to create a crunchy contrast to the creamy interior.
This apple cupcake recipe is filled with the flavors of fresh apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The texture of the cake is lighter than a muffin. Applesauce adds moisture to the cake and also allows the recipe to use less fat than a typical cupcake. Apple Cupcake Recipe >>
These beautiful pastries are very easy to prepare. Just use a sheet of ready-made puff pastry, cut the apples into slices, cook them briefly, and then roll them in the pastry dough. Rose di Pasta Sfoglia Recipe >>
Some useful food words or terms that you may find in Italian recipes, while dining at an Italian restaurant, or traveling in Italy.
A delicious old-fashioned style cake filled with apples flavored with cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla and topped with more apple slices and sugar that slightly caramelizes the topping during baking. Italian Apple Cake Recipe >>
These doughnuts have a cake-like texture with a subtle flavor of apple. You can make them with the cinnamon-sugar coating or you can dust them with confectioners' sugar or drizzle them with the apple cider glaze.