Lemon and White Chocolate Christmas Cookies

These eggless, soft (thank you, baking powder!) shortbread cookies are the perfect morsel to get you in the Christmas spirit! I like to scent mine with lemon and vanilla, and drizzle over generous lashings of melted white chocolate, for that extra opulence this season commands, However you can customize this recipe to your liking and…

Easy-ish, almost no-knead Panettone

Almost. Yes, there will be some kneading, but take it from someone who is known for Panettone recipes that will give your upper body an intense workout, this is quite the revolution! Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas enriched bread, and creating this type of dough, negotiating with eggs, sugar and fats, is never an…

Bussolai, S-shaped Venetian Biscuit

Italian cuisine is well known for its intriguing diversity. With such substantial regional differences, it is easy to encounter a type of recipe that is only ever made in a particular town or village. Bussolai (also known as Bussolari) is one such recipe, typical of Burano, near Venice. You can find them shaped into rings…

Blood Orange and Buttermilk Ciambella

I have never kept my dislike for winter a secret. I don’t do well in the colder months. It appears that my birthday, at the height of Italian summer (July 23! Yes, LEO!) has really built a need for sunlight and warm weather in the very structure of my DNA. So, in the colder months,…

Rustici di sfoglia, AKA puff pastry bombs!

Puff pastry is by far one of those kitchen staples I always stock in my freezer. I have attempted making it myself at times and, although I did love the end result, I wasn’t a huge fan of the labour involved. All that folding, rolling, naps in the fridge, turning clock wise business,  really isn’t…