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
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.
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Grispelle - Italian Christmas Doughnuts
Grispelle
Italian Christmas Doughnuts
Grispelle are fried potato doughnuts which come from Calabria where they are a special
Christmas treat.  You can use white potatoes or sweet potatoes in this recipe.

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