All Souls’s Day Hazelnut Chocolate Torrone

The All Souls’s day is a Catholic festivity occurring on November 2nd, right after All Saints’ Day. Processions and recurrences occur and gifts are donated to so called “good children” the night between 1 and 2 November all over Italy. This is all done in memory of the dead, which are honoured by their relatives on the 2nd of November.

In Naples, the people use to prepare edible offerings, such as this Hazelnut Chocolate Torrone. Translated from Italian, this is called “Torrone of The Dead”. What a spooky name! This Torrone is made by layering chocolate,  to create a crunchy crust, filled with a satisfying cream of chocolate and hazelnut. This is just perfect to cheer you up during these sad days of remembrance.

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Sicilian Crunchy and Sweet Dessert: Cannoli filled with Ricotta Cheese

The cannoli are one of the most popular Sicilian and Italian desserts in the world. They are made by a crunchy and slightly sweetened envelope filled with a sweet cream based of ricotta cheese and covered with candied fruit, chopped pistachios or chocolate flakes.

Today we are sharing the classical version with you: cannoli filled with sheep ricotta. This type of ricotta gives a more intense flavour and a thicker consistence to the cream.

Going around in Sicily you could taste different versions of these treats, either with chocolate in the shell dough, filled with custard, or filled with ice-cream.

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Fruit Popsicles

Hi everyone, today we are sharing two extremely simple popsicles recipes made from fresh fruit with you all. They’re the perfect treat for the upcoming summer and they are so yummy.

If you have 5 minutes,  hurry up and prepare these mouth – watering popsicles for your beloved ones.

We do hope you’ll find these popsicles the perfect delectable treats 😉

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Lemon Custard Puff Pastry with Fresh Berries

This week we wanted to make a sweet treat and we started thinking about what is served in Italy in summer time. We both came to the conclusion that Custard Puff Pastries are a very popular choice from the North to the South of Italy.

These pastries are easy to make and they will add an elegant Italian touch to your meal. The lemony flavour of the custard will surprise you with a fresh taste. Enjoy!

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Nutella Roll Cake

This Nutella roll cake is utterly delicious. We got to know that is also called “Swiss Roll Cake.” We really don’t know why this name as we’ve never found it in a Swiss bakery or at least not here in Zurich. But we may be wrong, so let us know if you tasted it and where… wherever you are in the world!

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Apostles’ fingers – Apulian ricotta dessert

This is a quick and traditional recipe from Puglia – Apulia, Southern Italy. If you are eager to learn more about this region, have a look here.

The name of this dessert comes from its color, which is very pale like the fingers of Apostles. So make sure you don’t burn these crepes! :-))

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Tiramisu’ day: Elena’s recipe

Tiramisu’ is the most famous Italian dessert and today is that day of the year where everyone is allowed to prepare it and eat it, without having a guilty conscience….or nearly!

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We already told you the controversial history of Tiramisu’ in a previous post (https://goo.gl/rnvMXk) so today we want to celebrate together with our friend Elena, who kindly gave us her mom’s Tiramisu’ recipe. Let’s go and meet Elena reading the following interview!

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Ceglie biscuits: our version

These biscuits are a traditional goodness from Ceglie Messapica, a small town in Itria Valley (Upper Salento) – Puglia – Southern Italy. In recent years, its elegant downtown, its amazing countryside (filled with farmlands, olive groves, medieval castles, vineyards, almond trees and trulli) and its food, made with simple and tasty ingredients, have attracted people not only from all over Italy but also from all over the world.

Ceglie biscuits, Slow food Presidium, are made only with products from the territory: almonds, cherry or grape jam, rosolio (homemade liqueur), lemon. If you wish to have a taste of the original ones and you find yourself in Ceglie Massapica, go and visit one of these bakeries: “Forno Allegrini“, “da Gigliola” or “Caffé Pasticceria centrale“.

If you live, just like us, far from Apulia, bake them by yourself following our recipe and you will get an initial idea on how delicious they are!

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Carnival Castagnole

When I was a child, Carnival was the funniest period of the year. I remember that the excitement for Carnival started already in January when my Mom and my Great-aunt, who was dressmaker, started thinking about which carnival costume to sew for my sister and me. Every year I wore a different costume, and together with my friends I used to go banking on the doors in my town asking for treats. I really enjoyed walking around my town throwing confetti at the people with masks on and smelling the fragrance of Carnival fritters that filled the streets.

Living abroad I can’t celebrate Carnival as much as I did when I was young, but at least I can prepare the traditional treats for my family.

So let’s go for these Carnival Castagnole!

(Francesca)

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