A pizzelle is a traditional Italian waffle cookie that is made by
placing batter into a pizzelle maker, which resembles a waffle
iron. The result is a thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp
texture once it is cooled.
Struffoli is a traditional Neapolitan Christmas dessert made from
small puffs of citrus-flavored dough that are crunchy on the
outside and soft inside. The fried balls are dipped in honey and
dusted with multi-colored candy sprinkles.
A fig and nut filled ring called a buccellato heralds Christmas in
Sicily. Buccellato is also given by godparents to their godchild
and family on the christening day.
Chestnut Tortelli are made with a pastry dough that is filled with a
mixture of ground chestnuts, rum, cinnamon,and chocolate.
They can be dusted with confectioners' sugar, drizzled with
honey or rolled in cinnamon-sugar.
These crepes are flourless, light, and aromatic. The filling is
similar to a cannoli filling.
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.
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.
Pandoro or pan d’oro means ‘golden bread.’ It is a traditional
Christmas cake from Verona that gets its name due to its
pleasing yellow color.
Panettone, the tall, cylindrical, fruit-filled sweet bread from Milan
has become an essential part of the Christmas season.
Parrozzo is a traditional Christmas cake from the Abruzzo region
of Italy. The classic dome-shaped almond cake is flavored with
citrus zest and topped with a rich chocolate glaze.
Delight in the special flavors and aromas of the holiday season
with our seasonal biscotti recipes ... pumpkin, cranberry,
gingerbread, and chocolate-peppermint.
Befana Cake is traditionally made for the Feast of the Three
Kings. Before the cake is baked, a large dried bean is added to
the dough. The cake is presented on a crown and whoever
receives the slice with the bean is king (or queen) for the day.
Natale, or Christmas, is a very special holiday
throughout Italy and each region has its own
traditional dishes. Natale is one of the few
occasions of the year in which ancestral
traditions are revered above all else. What
will be eaten during the feast is a kind of ritual.
Very often each course is prepared more or
less in the same way it has been for
generations. Mothers, sisters, aunts, and
cousins get together to make these foods in
assembly line fashion. These are the key
ingredients that make these foods so special
... the togetherness, the stories and laughter,
the reconnecting with and preserving of the
past ... a time to celebrate.
Panforte, or Siena Cake, is a traditional Italian Christmas
dessert that is made with honey, nuts, chocolate, spices, and