We may have just finished with the winter holiday season, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my StrawberriesandCreamCake is perfect for the occasion. On Valentine’s Day, indulge your sweet tooth with a special, simple dessert recipe for you and your special someone. This cake is so quick and easy to make, your loved ones will think you have been creating all day long(it can be our little secret, I promise not to tell). With its beautiful presentation, it’s sure to make your Valentine’s Day – or any other occasion – memorable! Every February, across the country, chocolate, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones I’ve come to realize that there are people out there who prefer vanilla cake over chocolate. So to all the people who prefer vanilla cake, your Valentine’s Day is about to get a little sweeter. My StrawberriesandCreamCake has no chocolate, pink M&M’s, or red velvet anywhere, it is a simple cake. Light , fluffy sponge cake, filled with freshly whipped cream and diced strawberries. Decorated with fresh whipped cream (roses) and sliced almonds around the cake. and that’s it. There’s nothing crazy in this cake or over the top about it. It’s so simple and it’s simplicity is what makes this cake completely and utterly perfect. What this cake does have is a lot of love. and that’s what counts, right? Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with StrawberriesandCreamCake.
Nougat Torrone is a traditional Italian delicacy. This is a famous sweet most often enjoyed during the Christmas season. A candy that is full of festivity. Perfect to take to family and friends’ homes, give as a gift or to add to the dessert table. There are many different types of torrone available – some soft, some hard and some with chocolate, with different flavors and ingredients. This is the classical torrone that I remember having as a child during Christmas holidays, made of honey, sugar, whisked egg-whites and toasted almonds. NougatTorrone
The Christmas season invariably starts with some baking in an Italian household. This year I decided to try making homemade torrone, nougat and dark brittle torrone. This isn’t the typical nougat torrone you pick up at the store. This is more of a homemade kind typical of Southern Italy including Calabria and Sicily that is dark and more like brittle. You could try this with hazelnuts or peanuts. I made this with lightly toasted almonds. Honey, sugar, butter and almonds is all that you need to make this sweet . Happy Holidays and enjoy. DarkTorrone
Since Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate bounty of harvest, the best way to honor this special day, without a doubt, is to make a bounty of desserts….Wishing my family, friends and viewers a Happy Thanksgiving! Let Autumn’s favorite fruit take center stage on your family’s dessert table. This AppleAlmondTartwithMapleCustard combines stunning beauty with unforgettable taste, utilizing the visuals of roses, the fragrant aroma of apple alongside a fresh, creamy custard in a buttery, almond crust. What’s a better way to say “I love you” than with roses? But this time, the roses can be eaten as well. This is a gorgeous twist on the classic fall treat, fall desserts bring out sugar and spice and everything nice! This AppleAlmondTartwithMapleCustard is another beautiful recipe with much wow factor to show off while minimal fuss is involved. Yes, I often do like to dress up recipes and make them more sophisticated, but I never compromise on simplicity…because at the end, nobody needs a bit of extra complication just to make a tart! I believe that pumpkin and pecan pie should take part on Thanksgiving, but pie is not the only Thanksgiving dessert that should be made. Especially when your holiday tart options look this good. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
It is officially fall, with crisp air, leaves are changing color and pumpkin season is upon us. The last three months of the year are prime pumpkin season. From Halloween jack-o-lanterns to pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to enjoy all the tasty goodness pumpkin provides. Are you a pumpkin fan? Cinnamon… Continue reading Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Braid
Amaretti is the Italian name for macaroons which means “little bitter things”. They are perhaps one of my favorite cookies of all time. AmarettiwithCherriesandAlmonds have a crisp outside but a moist and chewy center fragrant in almond flavor. No Italian cookie tray is complete without them. SoftAmarettiCookies These small domed-shaped cookies are crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy… Continue reading Amaretti With Cherries and Almonds……..Soft Amaretti Cookies
BISCOTTI, BISCOTTI, BISCOTTI – Who doesn’t love them? They make a wonderful “dunker.” They are twice-baked Italian cookies or biscuits. There is a variety of different flavored biscotti that you can make, but I have narrowed it down to my top preferred three……….. Lemon-AlmondBiscotti Almonds, lemons, olive oil are natural partners in making this batch… Continue reading Lemon-Almond Biscotti, Anise Biscotti Chocolate-Dipped and Festive Biscotti
Almond extract, among the baking extracts, is second only to vanilla in popularity. In almost everything that I bake I use vanilla or almond extract. Almond extract is strong, clear, sweet and pure in flavor. This picture shows the beginning stages of Almond extract. The uses are endless (use in small amounts) to add flavor… Continue reading Pure Almond Extract