Cherry Pie

What else can you do with all those juicy red cherries that appear on the market in July but make a fresh cherry pie! It’s really very simple if you have a cherry pitter (the same gadget you use to pit olives too). This recipe has very few ingredients even less than for an apple pie. Cherries don’t need hardly any other ingredients to bring out their fresh flavor. Continue reading

Matcha Madeleines

These delicate little French pastries have an added oriental twist with the addition of Japanese Matcha tea powder. Luckily I can easily find this tea at the nearby “Parliamo del The'” tea shop just down the street where I live. They are so easy to make if you have the shell shaped madeleine tins otherwise you could also use small cupcake pans. Continue reading

Magic Amaretti Cake

The “magic” in this one-bowl cake lies in the formation of three distinct layers: a chocolate, a cream and a crunchy top layer. It doesn’t require any icing – just a sprinkling of powdered sugar is enough but if you wish to make it more fancy as I did in the picture you can also add a strip of chocolate sugar paste around the edge of the cake – and maybe why not a simple chocolate rose on top. Continue reading

Rice Cake

This delicious cake is said to have originated in the 1400’s in Bologna. It was especially served for “Corpus Domini” a religious holiday at the end of May. This is a typical Italian “homestyle” cake with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry. This recipe in addition is completely gluten free as the rice is substituted for flour. My version is also lactose free as I used almond milk in place of regular milk which makes it even lighter. A richer version of this recipe can be found in Florentine pastry shops in the form of a pastry called “Buddini di Riso Fiorentini”. These are little pastry cups filled with a similar rice mixture enriched with pastry cream. Not to be missed the next ime you’re in Florence! Continue reading

Apple Rhubarb Crumble

This is by far my favorite crumble recipe considering ease and perfect results. The almonds give the topping extra crunch and the filling has a tender consistency due to the brief pre-cooking of the fruit. Here the rhubarb is really the star as it releases its particular tangy and juicy flavour. If you can’t get a hold of these stalks you can either double the apples or substitute it with other fruit such as blueberries, plums, gooseberries or even strawberries. Continue reading

Sicilian Taralli Cookies

These delicious Sicilian Taralli are actually a lot easier than they look. The very simple dough is rolled by hand and twisted into these little wreaths. They result in a very light and barely sweet cookie. If you wish you can glaze them with a lemon glaze or just dust them with powdered sugar. This is a recipe I keep going back to – so it must be good! Continue reading