Torta del nonna recipe

Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna literally translates to ‘grandmother’s cake’.  It’s a delicate Italian shortcrust pastry which encases silky soft crème patisserie and topped with pine nuts. Traditionally known as a Florentine dessert, but then again, everyone’s nonna claims it as their own, making it slightly different. This dessert brings me back to my childhood, where Italian…

honey-butter-nuts-seeds-semifreddo-recipe

Honey Butter Nuts & Seeds Semifreddo

My absolute favourite summer & Christmas dessert is Semifreddo. It’s an Italian style semi-cold treat – its not gelato or ice cream, but more like a frozen mousse. It is a close chic cousin. It is made using only a few ingredients – mainly egg yolks, egg whites and pouring cream, however further ingredients can…

Fig & Almond Tart

Fig & Almond Tart

You have probably noticed whilst shopping at growers markets and/or fruit shops that figs are currently in season. They are available from December till February, with some varieties obtainable till April.  You will more often see the purplish skin figs (a medium sized pear-shaped fruit with a red flesh), a variety known as the Black…

Semifreddo al torrone e cioccolato

Semifreddo al torrone e cioccolato

Semifreddo translates to semi-frozen in Italian. It is an Italian frozen (ice-cream) dessert which doesn’t involve the use of an ice-cream machine.  The flavours here are nougat (torrone) and chocolate (cioccolato). The first time I ever made semifreddo (as a teenager) I remember thinking – how easy is this to make! I quickly included it…