Sweets

Dark Hot Chocolate and Christmas in Budapest

If you're lucky, like we were, you'll arrive in Budapest at night. And, after passing miles and miles of generic concrete highrises, you'll look...

Italian Pistachio Cookies

Those naughty Sicilians! Leave it to Italy, the land that brought us Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, to have a sweet called "virgin's breast." Whether...

Banana Gingerbread

Just in time for the holidays and cold weather, this recipe makes a dense, moist and healthy loaf.  It's a great alternative to boring...

Almond Torte (Torta Rustica di Mandorle) and Breakfast in Sicily

  Breakfast may be our favorite meal in Sicily. A surprising statement about a place that created cannoli, cassata and Marsala. Breakfast in Ortygia, Agrigento and...

Torta di Ricotta (Ricotta Pound Cake)

Family celebrations -baby showers, engagement parties and birthdays- call for a spectacular dessert. It's a special occasion! The recipe shouldn't be TOO fussy, though,...

Peanut Butter Caramel Blondies

Why? Because: It's the weekend. Oh, it's not? Well, it soon will be. Somewhere in your house, a football game is playing. And someone needs a...

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Bet you never buy caramel sauce again. Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Author: Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker Serves: 2 cups Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar 12 tablespoons unsalted...

Fresh Berry Tart

I have a confession to make. Yes,  I need to reveal this awkward, little secret, because anybody who's read both Fitzgerald and Philippa knows...

Crème Pâtissière

Crème Pâtissière (Custard Filling) Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Adapted from Julia Child Ingredients 1 cup sugar 5 egg yolks 1/2 cup flour 2 cups boiling milk 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla...

Julia Child’s Pie Crust (Páte Brisée Sucrée)

Julia Child's Pie Crust (Páte Brisée Sucrée) Author: Adapted from Julia Child For one 8-9 inch pastry shell. Ingredients 1 1/3 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons...