Nonna Carmela’s Crunchy – Soft Friselle from Matera

These biscuits, from the town of Matera, Southern Italy, are also known as Friselle. This recipe is from my cousin’s grandmother, Carmela, who used to prepare them for her grandchildren. It features smooth dough that becomes an especially crunchy cookie outside, while maintaining its softness inside.

They are usually served with an Italian dessert wine like Vin Santo. Fill your shot glass once the biscuits are ready for dunking!

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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21st March – TiramisĂş Day: The Classic Version VS the Strawberry Version

This year we would like to celebrate the 21st of March, known as the TiramisĂş day. By celebrating the first day of spring, we will add a strawberry twist to this traditional Italian dessert. Being one of the most famous desserts in the world, we are sure that you will enjoy this.

In the following version of the TiramisĂş, the savoiardi biscuits are soaked with a scented strawberry juice, instead of the coffee, as we usually do.

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

21st March TiramisĂş Day: a Strawberry Version

If you feel more conservative, then go for an authentic slice of the classic TiramisĂş. You can never go wrong with it! Follow our recipe here for the traditional recipe made with coffee. And why not add a bit of alcohol?

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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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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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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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An Italian Molded Chilled Dessert: Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is an Italian classic, maybe the most popular dessert and well known all over the world. But not everybody knows that it is as popular as easy and quick to make.

I love this dessert and the great thing about panna cotta is that this is the perfect do-ahead dessert. You can make it up to two days ahead and keep them well-covered and chilled.

Panna cotta pairs well with fresh fruit, or with berries sauce (like the one we are going to show you here), or chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce or… as you can imagine the pairing possibilities are endless.

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