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Italian Desserts

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Italian Desserts
(Makes about 2 cups)

Cherry sauce is delicious over ice cream or pound cake
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cups pitted Bing or sour cherries
1 teaspoon almond extract

In a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cherries.  Bring to a low boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The cherries will begin to soften and the liquid will thicken slightly.  Stir in the almond extract and remove from the heat.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before serving.  The sauce may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days.
Italy's Piedmont region is famous for its hazelnuts.  The hazel tree thrives in the Piedmont soil and its fruit the hazel nut (also known as the cobnut or filbert) is an important part of its cuisine and economy.  Fresh hazelnuts are harvested in August and September.  The nut falls out of the husk when ripe, about 7-8 months after pollination.  The kernel of the seed is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste.

The small round nuts have a very sweet flavor and a milky texture when fresh.  Hazelnuts are used in the nougat candy known as torrone and in gianduja, also known as Nutella, a mixture of hazelnuts and chocolate.  The chocolate candy known as 'baci' from Perugia contain a whole hazelnut in the center.  Hazelnuts are also used to make the Italian liqueur known as Frangelico.
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.
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin cheesecake combines the velvety, smooth texture of cheesecake flavored with spices on a gingersnap crust.
A pizzelle is a traditional Italian waffle cookie made in a pizzelle baker that stamps a design on both sides of the cookie.
Cherry Zabaglione Tart
A luscious tart made with fresh cherries in a cookie crust filled with zabaglione and topped with grated chocolate.
Orange - Chocolate Chop Biscotti
Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies that are ideal for dipping in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or wine.
Italian Rum Baba
A rum baba is a yeast cake saturated in liquor, usually rum  and filled with some type of dried fruit; it is sometimes served with whipped cream.
Popular throughout Italy, especially in the south and Sicily, croccante (literally, crunchy) is a mixture of caramelized sugar and almonds.
Sweet Taralli
Sweet taralli are very simple cookies with a lemon glaze and topped with colored candy sprinkles.
Zabaglione is an Italian dessert made from whipped egg yolks, Marsala wine, and sugar.
Cannoli Cupcakes
Cannoli cupcakes combine the flavors found in traditional cannolis into luscious cupcakes.
Pasta Ciotti
Pasta Ciotti are small Italian custard-filled dessert tarts.
Italian Cream Cake or Italian Wedding Cake
Also sometimes called Italian Wedding Cake, it is a beautiful  3-layer cake to serve for any special occasion.
Cuccidati - Spiced Fig Cookies
Cuccidati is a Sicilian cookie that has a sweet pastry dough wrapped around a filling of dried figs, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate.
Peach Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is a soft, creamy, eggless custard whose name literally means ‘cooked cream.’
Italian Cream Horns
Cornetti de Crema are  pastries made with puff pastry dough wrapped around metal molds, baked and filled with cream.
Torta della Nonna - Grandma's Cake
This charmingly named 'Grandma's cake' has as many recipe variations as there are Italian grandmas.
Pignoli or pine nut cookies are the crown jewel of traditional Italian cookies.
This recipe makes a candy with the same flavors that are found in the traditional panforte cake from Siena.
This cake is similar to a pineapple up-side-down cake but it is made with fresh peaches.
Apple fritters are made from rings of fresh apples that are dipped in batter and fried.
Chambord Panna Cotta
A collection of special desserts to complete your Valentine's Day menu; also nice for anniversaries, bridal showers or romantic dinners.
Limoncello Cheesecake Squares
A luscious creamy  cheesecake flavored with the popular Italian liqueur, Limoncello.
Lemon Cake filled with Raspberry Jam
This is a nice cake for people who don't like very sweet desserts. The flavor is reminiscent of a fresh jelly doughnut.
In this dessert, layers of fried eggplant are spread with sweetened ricotta and chocolate, which are then refrigerated and served cold.
The polenta adds a pleasing crunch to these shortcakes topped with the juicy strawberries and spirited, lemony whipped cream.
Mini Cannoli Cups
Mini cannoli cups have all the flavor of traditional Italian cannoli in baked cannoli pastry shells with the same delicious ricotta cream filling.
Lavender Cake
Lavender cake is similar to a pound cake with a very delicate flavor of lavender.  Makes a wonderful sping or summer brunch cake or to serve at an afternoon tea.
This zeppole recipe combines the flavors and ingredients of a traditional cannoli, (orange, Marsala, chopped pistachios and miniature chocolate chips) in a fried dough treat.
Chocolate Kisses - Baci di Cioccolato
These bite-size,chocolate filled sandwich cookies are a favorite in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Pistachio Souffle with Vanilla Sauce
A delicious dessert souffle flavored with pistachios and a vanilla bean and topped with a luscious creme anglaise (vanilla sauce).
You know that wonderful marriage of flavors you taste when you combine vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet in the same bowl? That’s what Fiori di Sicilia tastes like.
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Fresh grapes are embedded in this simple, rustic cake that is also flavored with sweet white wine and either lemon or orange zest.
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