Italian Desserts


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This is our collection of Italian dessert recipes for everyday, holidays, seasons of the year, and special occasions. 
It contains traditional and non-traditional (cucina nuova) Italian desserts for simple family gatherings or for entertaining.
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Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Orange Ricotta Tart with a Chocolate Cinnamon Crust
Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Orange Ricotta Tart with a Chocolate Cinnamon Crust
In this recipe the apples are folded
into the cheesecake mixture,
poured over a graham cracker
crust, and topped with a crunchy
crumb topping.

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This tart has a ricotta cheese
filling that is light in texture with a
subtle citrus orange flavor on top
of a crunchy chocolate and
cinnamon pastry crust.

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Cannoli
Sfogliatelle
Sfogliatelle
Sfogliatelle means many leaves or
layers and this crisp pastry's
texture resembles leaves stacked
on each other.

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Semifreddo
Italian Knot Cookies
Italian Love Knot Cookies
Knot Cookies are traditional Italian
cookies that are usually made for
special occasions, especially
weddings.

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Tiramisu
Tiramisu
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert
made with mascarpone cheese,
delicate ladyfingers, and laced
with strong espresso coffee and
Marsala wine.

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Sicilian Cassata
Sicilian Cassata
Cannoli Cake
Sicilian cassata is a traditional
dessert made with  ricotta
cheese, candied citrus peel, and
homemade sponge cake (pan di
spagna).

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Cinnamon Zeppole
Zeppole
Zeppole are a fried Italian
pastry that are served warm
and dusted with confectioners'
sugar or cinnamon-sugar.

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Amaretto Cupcakes
Amaretto Cupcakes
Here are two recipes for
cupcakes with the wonderful
flavor of Amaretto liqueur; one
is gluten-free.

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Pizza di Crema
Pizza di Crema
Pizza di Crema is a
Neapolitan custard pie
flavored with orange zest,
cinnamon, and vanilla and
enhanced with cherries.

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Italian Rum Cake
Italian Rum Cake
Italian rum cake is a traditional
Italian dessert often purchased
at an Italian bakery and
served on birthdays or other
special occasions.

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Candied Orange Peel
Candied Orange Peel
Candied orange peel is the
skin or peel of an orange that
has been "preserved' in a
sugar syrup.

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Granita Recipes
These ices are a mixture of
water, sugar and a flavoring.
They are grainy in texture and
are frozen in a pan in the
freezer. 

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Italian Desserts
Italian Desserts
APPLE CROSTATA
Apple Crostata is a very rustic-style
apple pie with some added crunch.
This recipe is easily adapted to
create other types of fruit crostatas;
try sliced pears, peaches, or berries.

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TIPS FOR A GREATER CAKE
PLAN AHEAD  Butter, eggs, and liquids
should be at room temperature to combine
evenly.  Butter can be microwaved in short
increments at 50% power to speed up the
process and whole eggs can be placed in
warm water.

DON'T RUSH when mixing the butter and
sugar.  This step, called creaming, aerates
the batter for a light and fluffy texture.

CHECK THE INGREDIENTS specified in
the recipe.  Even when not stated, most
baking recipes require that unsalted butter
and large eggs be used.

MEASURE flour in a dry measuring cup,
leveling it off with aknife.  Measure liquids
in a liquid measuring cup, checking for
accuracy at eye level.

ALTERNATE dry and wet ingredients
when beating them into the batter.  This
helps to prevent toughness. Always begin
and end with the dry ingredients.

CAKE BATTER can't be made in advance
but unfrosted cakes can ... and they also
may be frozen.  Cool completely and wrap
in plastic wrap before refrigerating for 2
days or freezing for a month. Thaw
completely before icing or decorating.
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Chocolate Pie with Cappuccino Cream
Chocolate Pie
with Cappuccino Cream
A silky chocolate pudding filling
topped with espresso flavored
whipped cream.

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Cannoli Dip
Cannoli Dip
This recipe takes the delicious
flavor and creamy texture of
cannoli filling and turns it into a
wonderful party snack.

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Venetian Layered Cookies
Venetian Layered Cookies
These festively colored cookies are
made with 3 layers of cake with  a
rich almond flavor, separated by
sweet apricot jam, and topped with
chocolate icing.

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Pumpkin Pizzelle
Pumpkin Pizzelle
A traditional Italian pizzelle recipe
with the added flavors of pumpkin
and spices.

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Bow Ties - Farfellette Dolci
Italian Fried Pastries
The names and shapes of these
fried delicacies differ from
region to region.

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Polenta Pound Cake
Polenta Pound Cake
Polenta pound cake is a
simple cake that packed
with the flavors of lemon,
vanilla, and almond.

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Italian Cream Puffs
In Italian, cream puffs are
called "Bocconcini con
Crema" or little mouthfuls of
pastry with cream.

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Wheatberry Easter Cake - La Pastiera Napoletana
Wheatberry Easter Cake 
La Pastiera Napoletana
A sweet and creamy custard
pie with wheat berrie and
candied citrus inside a lattice-
topped pastry crust.

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Spumone - An Italian Ice Cream Confection
Spumone
Spumone is a molded Italian
ice cream dessert usually
containing chopped fruits and
nuts.

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Limoncello Babas
Limoncello Babas
The babas are made with a
sweetened yeast dough and are
soaked with Limoncello syrup
after baking.

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Fiadone - Ricotta Pie
Fiadone - Ricotta Pie
Fiadone or ricotta pie is a
typical Italian dessert is often
served as an Easter specialty
in southern Italy.

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Fruit Tart
Fresh Fruit Tart
A crisp, buttery tart shell filled with
lemon-flavored custard and
topped with slices of fresh
seasonal fruit.

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25% LIGHTER AND A 20%
SMALLER FOOTPRINT THAN THE
CLASSIC KITCHENAID MIXER
If you never had the room in your kitchen
for a full-size KitchenAid mixer, maybe
now you do.  Geared toward consumers
with “limited counter space and ‘smaller
batch’ lifestyles,” the new 3.5-quart
capacity Artisan Mini model is 20 percent
smaller and 25 percent lighter than the
classic Artisan (or about 19 pounds,
compared to 26).  All of the attachments
that fit into the classic stand mixers also
fit into the smaller version. And perhaps
most importantly, the motor that runs the
Artisan Mini runs with the same power as
the Classic Series stand mixer.
Panettone Mold
PAPER PANETTONE MOLDS
No more cleaning metal baking pans, these
paper baking molds are designed to be part
of the presentation. Rigid, freestanding food-
safe construction is available in a variety of
shapes and sizes to suit all your baking
needs. Fine for the freezer and microwave,
and oven safe up to 390°F.