El Bicerin – from Turin

Perk up your lazy Monday with El Bicerin (which means small glass in Piedmontese language). This is a drink born in Turin (in Northern Italy) in the 18th century, in the historical cafe’, which no wonder  is still named El Bicerin.

El Bicerin is a heavenly combination of hot chocolate, espresso coffee and cream layered in a small glass. The best way to savour El Bicerin is to not mix the layers. The secret is to sip the drink leaving its components to melt on the palate, with their different taste, density and temperature.

Try it and you’ll get addicted!

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Tenerina cake

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The main feature of this chocolate cake is a creamy inside covered by a crunchy outside.

Tenerina is a traditional dessert from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thanks to our dear friend Sergio Rossi for sharing his family recipe of this easy-to-make cake. If you find yourself in Ferrara go to  Pasticceria Cioccolateria Chocolat  (Via Corte Vecchia 55), so you can have a taste of the original Tenerina cake.

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Grandma’s tart – torta della nonna

Today we baked a traditional Tuscan recipe: la torta della nonna. It’s a scrumptious, and at the same time, delicate tart filled with lemon custard, and sprinkled with an abundant handful of pine nuts.

These pictures were taken in collaboration with the photographer Franca Quaglia (http://www.pointandshoot.ch), based in Zurich, who gave us valuable tips to improve our photography skills. Thanks Franca for such an amazing day!

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Child friendly butter cookies

Today we baked these easy-to make- biscuits. They’ve been literally devoured in a blink of an eye; we could barely shoot the photos! So why not sharing the recipe with our followers?

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Ricotta and lemon cake

This lemon ricotta cake is so moist and so delicious, we are sure you are going to love it. It’s perfect for a healthy breakfast or as an after school snack for the children                (like ours :-)) who  already started school!

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Terrano (red wine) granita

Terrano wine is cultivated in two European nations, Italy and Slovenia, but the soil is the same: the Carso. The Carso (Karst) is a plain situated above the Central European city of Trieste (in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of northeastern Italy) and neighboring Slovenia.

Terrano is also known as “Blood of Carso” for its color. This red wine grape is grown on a peculiar bright red soil, beneath which exist thousands of sinkholes.

The combination of a fresh acidity and aromas of forest fruit, make this red wine perfect to prepare a scrumptious and refreshing granita.

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Strawberry semifreddo

This semifreddo cake, as the name suggests, is a partially frozen cake. You don’t need to use any special equipment other than a fridge.

Follow the step-by step recipe to preparing this refreshing and creamy Italian dessert, by using locally grown strawberries which are still at their best in many countries.

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Biancomangiare with mango coulis

The name of the following recipe, Biancomangiare, derives from the colour of its main ingredients which are white (Bianco in Italian).  There are many variants of this recipe, here you will find the Mad and Delicacy version, where we added another white ingredient, the marzipan.

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Affogato al caffè

Affogato al caffè is a refreshing and quick dessert to be served to your friends during a hot summer.  The only suggestion we want to give you for a perfect result is to prepare an Italian espresso coffee, either with a moka pot or with an espresso machine.

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Sweet peaches with lemon custard

For all the beautiful moms who follow our blog…this recipe is for you!

You should not prepare it but you should receive these gorgeous peaches served on a silver plate by your sweet kids when you’ll wake up on Sunday morning.

Have a wonderful… (and well deserved :-)) Mother’s day!

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