Scandinavian “Lussekatter” Santa Lucia – Saffron buns

Today is Santa Lucia’s day. I’ve been living on a small island on the west coast of Norway for five years and Santa Lucia‘s day was one of the most exciting days of the year. During that day, us parents were invited to arrive in the kindergarten early in the morning, during the so-called “Blue Hour”. At that time, we better appreciated the blue light of the sky, the brilliant whiteness of snow and the only light coming from the candles. Children, dressed up with a long white tunic and with a crown or wreath of candles on them, walked around singing the “SantaLucia” song. After the parade, we were served a steaming cup of coffee and the ever-present, saffron sweet buns, called Lussekatter. These buns were prepared the day before form our children and the shapes of them were of the most diverse. Now that we don’t live in Norway anymore, we are still preserving the tradition of baking the Lussekatter. We can’t help smelling the fragrance of cardamom in our house, nostalgically humming the Santa Lucia song.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Rhum Drenched Babbà Cake from Napoli

This heady cake, called Babbà, will be a truly show-off dessert for your Christmas table. This rhum drenched dessert is originally from Poland and then spread in Europe, arriving till Naples where the name was changed from Babà to Babbà‘. So it was pronounced by the Neapolitan pastry chefs. In the following years the Neapolitan phrase “Sì ‘nu babbà” (you are as nice as a Babbà) was coined to describe a very handsome and nice person. We realised that the Italian language has many catchphrases that refer to the Italian cuisine. We are very keen to hear whether the same goes for your mother tongue.

We want to thank our friend Danila from Campania region, for giving us her family recipe of this scrumptious dessert.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno from Tuscany

Today, in Italy the Grandpa’s day is being celebrated. We believe it’s a great occasion to honour and say thank you to all of our grandparents, who are always willing to help us when we need them. While I was thinking about which cake my daughter’s Grandpa would love to eat today, I thought about his taste when it comes to sweet treats. He is very fond of every kind of sweet food, but he has a penchant for chocolate. So, wanting to be impartial and still giving credit to all the Grandmothers, albeit satisfying his craving for chocolate, we went with this luscious version of the Grandma’s tart we already baked in the past. (Recipe here: Torta della Nonna).

Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno from Tuscany

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Grab a Slice of Pizza and Much More… in the Heart of Frederiksberg – Focacceria Dal Forno

Once a year Copenhagen hosts the Copenhagen Cooking and Food festival, where a huge number of extraordinary culinary experiences occur. Last Sunday, I was wandering through Frederiksberg (a small city in the suburbs of Copenhagen) looking for unique food experiences, and I came across a lovely Italian spot I had never seen before. I followed my Italian heart and I entered the place. Dal Forno (Værnedamsvej 9, 1819 Frederiksberg C) opened its doors in May and it is a Focacceria belonging to Famo, a firma owning a group of Italian restaurants in the Copenhagen area.

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Matching Food and Wine: Percoche Peaches in Falorni Rosso d ‘Italia “Padre &Figlio” Red Wine

Percoche peaches in red wine is an everlasting recipe. It can be served either as an aperitif or as a dessert to end a summer meal.It consists of local summer fruit, diced and dipped in a red wine of your choice.

The wine we suggest in our recipe is Falorni Rosso D’Italia “Padre & Figlio” red wine. It is produced as a cuvée of three of Mezzogiorno’s best known grapes, Nero d`Avola from Sicily, Primitivo and Negroamaro from Puglia and Salento, the southern part of the Puglia region. Each grape type contributes with its characteristics and together this trio forms a dark and powerful red wine.

*This wine is imported to Denmark by Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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An Italian Breakfast: a Slice of a Soft and Light Ciambella

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During the holidays, it’s also the most enjoyable moment of the day. It is actually the moment when the whole family can gather unhurriedly around the table planning the coming day. Imagine doing this while sharing a pleasant white and black ciambella, just out of the oven. Isn’t it the best way to kick start a summer day?

An Italian Breakfast: a Slice of a Soft and Light Ciambella

🍷 Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Grandma’s Biscuits: Almonds Chiffeletti

During the last International Festival at my daughters’ school, I dusted off my grandma’s cookbook to look for a typical Italian treat. The recipe that I chose, and that I have fond memories of, is surely the one of these biscuits named “Chiffeletti“. My grandma used to visit us at least twice a year and every time she used to bring a box filled to the brim with scented Chiffeletti. She was never satisfied about how they came out because sometimes they were a little burnt at the bottom, (at the time the parchment paper was not common to use) but this was the thing I loved the most.

It’s a pleasure now to share her recipe and to hold on to her memory. I do hope you’ll also like this recipe and my grandma’s Chiffeletti!

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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A Genius Dessert: Affogato al Caffè – Pistachio Ice Cream with Espresso Coffee

The genius thing about this Pistachio Ice Cream with Espresso Coffee is that you need no longer than 5 minutes to prepare this impressive dessert.

The only suggestion we would like to recommend is to prepare a real Italian Espresso coffee, either with a moka pot or with an espresso machine. ☕

A Genius Dessert: Affogato al Caffè - Pistachio Ice Cream with Espresso Coffee

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