Buttermilk, Olive Oil and Chocolate Chips Tea Cake

Ah, the joys of lazy Sunday mornings! Sleeping in, waking up rested and in a pure state of relax, indulging in a long, blissful shower, perhaps even a facial mask and a hair treatment. All followed by a generous slice of moist cake to joyfully dunk into a creamy cappuccino. Naturally, as the mother of…

Home-made Panettone with Figs and White Wine

For us Italians, very little speaks of Christmas as loudly as this dome-shaped famous bread. In fairness, to call it “bread” is a little far-fetched… May this be because of the generous presence of butter, eggs, sugar and dried fruits….yes, let’s be frank here, it’s a cake, and a very rich one! At Christmas though,…

Christmas Meringue Nests and Wreaths (mini X’mas Pavlovas, anyone?)

You know Christmas is in the air when you rummage the cupboard for ground cloves to be used in conjunction with brown sugar. Those two best friends create that unique scent that bring the frivolities of the holiday season ever so close. Think Christmas fruit cakes, mulled wine and puddings all sorts. Or, in this…

Italian Cream Puffs (Bigne’ alla Crema)

I have developed a very new, and somewhat scary, compulsion for choux pastry lately… I have spent more time that I wish to confess in the search for the perfect puff, the kind that is light as a feather and hollow inside, to accommodate gooey, slurpy fillings… I have tried countless proportions of eggs to…

No-bake Chocolate, Mascarpone and Espresso Fudge Cake

Hang in there, Chocoholic friends! I have got what you need… Pain no more, just go over to the stove and start melting some chocolate… You can also lick the bowl! This is the ultimate chocolate  fudge cake for me: flourless, creamy, opulent and unapologetically chocolatey. And you don’t even have to turn your oven…

Easter Scrolls and Hot-Cross Buns!

As the Holy Week marches on, I feel the urge to get my hands in more festive doughs! What could be better than home-made hot cross buns and scrolls? With the warm tang of cinnamon, the liveliness of orange peel and the opulence of chocolate, they are definitely going to be on offer at my Easter…

Colomba: an Italian Easter Bread, with Prosecco and Chocolate chips

Colomba is a classic Italian Easter enriched bread, similar to the more illustrious Panettone, traditionally baked in a  dove-shaped mould, hence its name (colomba in Italian means dove). The dough is built in various stages and the thought alone may be enough to put off many people with busy lives, but , don’t despair! The…

Hazelnut Amaretti (Amaretti alle Nocciole)

Just when I thought I couldn’t make Amaretti because I was out of almond meal (and in no way inclined to take a trip to the supermarket with child and toddler in tow) I found a half-packet of hazelnut meal hidden in the cupboard. The idea struck me immediately, but what if it wouldn’t work? Good news,…

Espresso-spiked Almond and Cocoa spread

You may call this “homemade Nutella for grownups”. This morning I found myself battling against the will of a stubborn 5 year-old, convincingly arguing his point as why he shouldn’t go to school today (or any day, really). I tried to kindly, yet firmly persuade him that “school is fun”, but who am I kidding?…

Golden Syrup Chocolate and Oats cookies

Imagine biting into a golden, soft cookie studded with perfect white and dark chocolate pearls. Imagine tasting its buttery and slightly syrupy  crumb, as it softly dissolves in your mouth. Imagine a cookie dough that takes 5 minutes to make and 10 minutes to bake… Yes, this delectable little nugget can be yours in just…