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!
This year we would like to celebrate the 21st of March, known as the Tiramisú 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 Tiramisú, the savoiardi biscuits are soaked with a scented strawberry juice, instead of the coffee, as we usually do.
🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴
If you feel more conservative, then go for an authentic slice of the classic Tiramisú. 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?
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!
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.
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.
Persimmon (or Cachi in Italian) is one of the most beautiful autumn fruit, and almost everybody in Italy has a persimmon tree in the backyard.
This is the time of the year when persimmons are harvested and let ripen in a basket together with apples.
To feel the autumn atmosphere, this week we made an easy persimmon mousse using simple ingredients, but giving our recipe a pinch of diversity by using cardamom powder. Persimmon and cardamom are surprisingly a perfect match!
This summer we’ve been hiking all around the “Three Peaks of Lavaredo” (also called in Italian Tre Cime di Lavaredo), the best know mountain groups in the Dolomites, and after three hours of hiking, we stopped, exhausted, at a Malga to eat something refreshing. And believe us that it’s nothing more restorative than a homemade vanilla ice-cream with fresh picked berries, to recharge the batteries.
If this weekend you are planning a cosy dinner together with your friends (…and you don’t have time to prepare a cake), treat yourself and your guest with this vanilla ice-cream with warm berries. And we guarantee you that, after that, you would like to organise a tour of the Dolomites!