Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Easy to Make Ricotta Crumble Cake (Italian Sbriciolata alla Ricotta)

This easy to make and so delicious crumble cake is filled with delicate ricotta and a touch of orange flavor

This soft and buttery crumble cake (Italian sbriciolata) is filled with delicate and soft ricotta and a hint of orange flavor. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Authentic Italian Calzone Pizza

Bring pizza night to the next level with one of these made-from-scratch calzone pizza
The way Italians do!

This post is written in collaboration with  Mutti, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own

Have you ever tried making (or eating) authentic calzone pizza?!? 

As you might know, calzone is a famous Italian half-moon shaped stuffed pizza. 

It's made with the same dough as pizza. Just as yummy and mouthwatering as pizza. Just made with extra stuffing, folded and baked.  So cheesy and soooo delicious. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Best Mango and Pineapple Tropical Smoothie Bowl

 Let's have a taste of summer with this refreshing, super healthy and nutritious tropical smoothie made with frozen banana, mango and pineapple, served in a bowl with fresh fruit, coconut flakes  and a drizzle of honey

This post is written in collaboration with Three Peaks Manuka Honey. All opinions are mine alone.

There's nothing like a healthy, fruity and refreshing tropical smoothie bowl to bring you into summer mood... and get you ready for bikini season! Are you ready for it?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Berry Custard Pastry with Italian Crema Pasticcera

Looking for a delicious, elegant and super easy dessert, filled with rich Italian custard cream, sweet fresh berry, a sprinkle of almonds - which is ready in no time?! 
Look no further! These berry custard pastries are exactly what you're looking for!

Here is an easy and delicious dessert recipe that I'm sure you'll want to try. 

Mother's Day is coming up after all, and this might be just THE perfect easy breakfast/dessert idea to whip up for your mom. I bet she would love it as mush as I do!

Friday, April 15, 2022

Traditional Sardinian Pardulas Recipe

Traditional Easter dessert from Sardinia: 

star-shaped tartlets filled with ricotta, saffron and orange zest

Today I present you with my recipe for pardulas (also known as fomaggelle sarde): a traditional Italian Easter dessert. 

Originally from the beautiful region of Sardinia, pardulas are star-shaped tartlets, made with crispy pastry filled with a ricotta cheese mixture, flavored with saffron and zest of oranges (or lemon - your choice). 

This typical Sardinian desserts is generally prepared for the Easter holidays, but pardulas are so good that are surely welcomed at the table any time of the year. 

This recipe brings all the traditions and flavors typical of the region. 

Pardulas are originally made with sheep ricotta cheese which can be really hard to find around here. So in my recipe, I substitute with fresh whole milk ricotta cheese. 

To make pardulas, start by preparing the pastry. 

All you need is to mix the all-purpose and semolina flour with some water, egg white, a bit of lard (or butter). You can easily mix the dough in the bowl by hand, move to the counter and knead until smooth. 

Let the pastry rest while you make the filling. 

The filling also comes together very easily. 

One important detail to keep in mind: remove as much water as possible from the ricotta cheese. Place on a colander until nice and drained. 

Mix the ricotta with an egg yolk, sugar, saffron,  orange zest,  flour,  baking powder and salt. 

Make sure not to skip on the saffron. It gives the distinctive flavor that make pardulas special and different. 

Working with some of the pastry at a time, roll out using a pasta machine (or by hand with a roller), into a 2 or 3 mm thick sheet. 

Cut in circles using a cookie cutter. Mine are about 3 inches in diameter. 

Add one spoon full of filling to the middle of the circle. Pinch the edges in six spots like I did to make into a star-shape of pardulas. Repeat with the rest of the pastry and filling.

Brush with milk or egg wash and bake until golden on top. Make sure to turn off the oven and let the pardulas sit in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes so they won't deflate when you remove from the oven.


Other Italian dessert recipes you might like:

Ready to try and bake pardulas too?!? Happy Easter weekend everyone. 

PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD: How to make this classic Sadenian Easter Treat

Monday, April 11, 2022

How to Make these Easy-to-Decorate Chicks Easter Cookies

Cute and easy to decorate chicks sugar cookies all dressed up for Easter

It's so easy to get into spring spirit when baking - and EATING! - these butter and flaky sugar cookies ... all dressed up as cute chicks. Perfect for Easter!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Camille - Italian Half-Dome Carrot Cakes

Soft and moist, wholesome and easy-to-make half-dome Italian carrot cakes

Today I present you with my recipe for Camille - Italian half dome little cakes, soft and delicious, wholesome and easy to make, made with carrots, almond flour and scented with orange flavor. 
Perfect for snack or breakfast!