Strawberries and Cream Cake

We may have just finished with the winter holiday season, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my StrawberriesandCreamCake 01285bcfa48d7b18082ec5a89254401436b256c34b 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). 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 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, 01e2724a62acedcc6e75c1ad9bd3a3083f5ec85b69filled with freshly whipped cream and diced strawberries. Decorated with fresh whipped cream (roses) 01f95dcca4dbe86fa307a6d27924f6f607da354ad8 01180315d06d963c11ee563876d56b4ed774fa53df and sliced almonds around the cake. 0187e2f1fc1b0025916244c71bb6aba39d1a96387f 01874cc5f6d0ef0463f95fbd658a6ed7111b9f5d7b and that’s it. There’s nothing crazy in this cake 015068f8479b13e95c50d8afcc0bcb2d69c2f702e3 or over the top about it. 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 It’s so simple and it’s simplicity is what makes this cake completely and utterly perfect. 01540d252f9cc55518879a2ea9e0a69f7d2370f1c5 What this cake does have is a lot of love. 011bf2716e156102b4bd6289387cdcdc165857f627 and that’s what counts, right?  Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with StrawberriesandCreamCake. 01d496a59e0b06d12f29f1b96e62bedd1f532d1af2 01cf057b7556f24fcd7304e0c3743619bca7250fc6 0168bbab3688403560031e36cd04bbad2b2dac981d    


Nougat and Dark Torrone

Nougat Torrone  is a traditional Italian delicacy.  This is a famous sweet most often enjoyed during the Christmas season. 01442afe1d88f5230b98ff0837895bc0e155994cf9 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 01442afe1d88f5230b98ff0837895bc0e155994cf9 that I remember having as a child during Christmas holidays, made of honey, sugar, whisked egg-whites and toasted almonds. 01aabf3f7be5395f0e677a4b2f42d81a1c406670d8 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. 01eedb3a046de33230ad15de5d54b30c4ce10f6732 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. 01bd5bf6598896795aee1b05e5e12e71a53feedf56You could try this with hazelnuts or peanuts. I made this with lightly toasted almonds. 01e4298e827b7ff6c2a047ed7095c11389af3f7893 Honey, sugar, butter and almonds is all that you need to make this sweet . Happy Holidays and enjoy. 015b90f2ee9f4e6f726ce6e2972d015de43af69af8 DarkTorrone 01b23dbc8cc7307960c01946069aa7eb0c3e8c482e

Apple Almond Tart With Maple Custard

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! image Let Autumn’s favorite fruit take center stage on your family’s dessert table. This AppleAlmondTartwithMapleCustard combines stunning beauty with unforgettable taste, image utilizing the visuals of roses, the fragrant aroma of apple alongside a fresh, creamy custard image 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! image 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! image 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.image image image Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! image

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Braid

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 With Cherries and Almonds……..Soft Amaretti Cookies

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

Lemon-Almond Biscotti, Anise Biscotti Chocolate-Dipped and Festive Biscotti

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

Pure Almond Extract

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