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Apple Dessert Recipes
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.
Apple Fritters
Apple Fritters
Apple fritters are made from rings of fresh apples that are dipped in batter and fried.  The result is a thin, crispy brown crust fritter that is filled with warm, soft apple.

Apple Fritters Recipe  >>
Caramel Apple Cannoli
Caramel Apple Cannoli
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  >>
Mini Apple Strudels
Mini Apple Strudels
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  >>
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
This cake has a texture similar to a carrot cake ... it's a dense cake with a slightly spicy flavor and filled with bits of fresh apple.

Caramel Apple Cake Recipe  >>
Italian Apple Cake
Italian Apple Cake - Torta di Mele
This is a 'coffee-cake' style dessert filled with slices of fresh apples that have been flavored with Amaretto liqueur.

Italian Apple Cake Recipe  >>
Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake
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.

Apple Crumb Cheesecake Recipe  >>
Apple Crostata
Apple Crostata is a very rustic-style apple pie with some added crunch.  This recipe is also easily adapted to create other types of fruit crostatas; try sliced pears, peaches, or berries.

Apple Crostata Recipe  >>
Italian Pear and Apple Tart
Pear and Apple Tart
Italian Pear and Apple Tart combines two of fall's favorite fruits for a simple but delicious dessert.
Pear and Apple Tart Recipe >>
Apple Pie with Streusel Topping
This pie combines sweet and spicy chunks of apple with a delicious crunchy streusel topping with walnuts.

Apple Pie Recipe  >>
Italian Apple Pie with Mascarpone Cream
Apple Torta with Mascarpone Cream
This tart has a buttery pastry crust filled with slices of apples flavored with lemon and cinnamon and topped with a luscious mascarpone cream.

Apple Torta with Mascarpone Cream Recipe  >>
Apple Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a baked dessert that combines bite-size cubes of bread with a rich custard mixture of cream, eggs, and sugar with fruit and/or spices added.

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe  >>
Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Buttercream
Apple Cupcakes
with Cinnamon Buttercream
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  >>
Pumpkin Ravioli
Roasted Chestnuts
Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Caramel Apple Cannoli
Apple Roses - Rose di Pasta Sfoglia
Rose di Pasta Sfoglia - Apple Roses
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.
Italian Apple Cake
Italian Apple Cake II
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  >>
Apple Cider Risotto Cheesecake
Apple Cider Risotto Cheesecake
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.

Apple Cider Risotto Cheesecake  >>
Use about ½ teaspoon in a typical recipe for cookies, pound cake, pie, meringues, or sweet bread.
Try this extract in our recipe for Zucchini Bundt Cake with Crunchy Orange Glaze
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Apple Cider Doughnuts
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.

Apple Cider Doughnuts  >>