Welcome To Italian Dessert Recipes"Make the real stuff - no pretenders!"
Italian dessert recipes aren't that hard to make! Why? Because they never were in the first place.
You can make THE BEST tiramisu even if it's your first try! (I hit a home run for my husbands 49th birthday! I'd never done it before!)
And even an Italian biscotti recipe can be made with most of the ingredients in your pantry.
Think cannolis are tough to make? They are not! I used to look in the bakery case and think, cannoli recipes must be really complex. Wrong! (Especially if you buy the shells already made). Once I realized there aren't that many cannoli filling recipes - I just got food decorator crazy and learned how to put on the frillies and pretties to make things look professional.
Most Italian dessert recipes just aren't that complex!
Cannoli, biscotti, tiramisu - are made from simple ingredients you have in your pantry plus a couple of EASY to find spices or liqueurs! It's just knowing how to combine these *normal* ingredients to get that distinct Italian flavor.
I wrote for real people that shop in normal stores that sell basic food ingredients. And if you really want to cut to the chase - I broke out the ultimate Easy Italian Dessert Recipes in their own section. And the newest cool page is all about easy - box cake mix recipes. This is a great way to make a unique cake that tastes Italian - but starts with a cake mix. I was shocked when my grandma gave me her Italian Rum Cake Recipe. As a kid, I always thought she made this from scratch. Wrong. Cake Mix!
My name is Lisa. I'm a normal mom. (Well, don't ask my kids.) I eat dessert everyday. *Gulp* (Yep, really I do!)
I am half Italian. And, I grew up making many of these Italian dessert recipes.
I've posted over 225 Italian desserts and you can find the list of the recipes in each section. Some recipes might look familiar. Why? Because we all cook with our ethnic spices and flair! I'm Italian. I use Italian spices, liqueurs and flavorings. And that's really all there is to it. Each heritage adds their regional flavorings. So, enjoy. Stretch a little and try a recipe if it's seems a little unique to you. Or try the familiar. Just enjoy a little sugar and the simple pleasure it brings.
PS: This year I added an easy candy recipes section. I realized - we do make candy. Not tons. But we intersperse them on our holiday trays like a garnish, not a main-dessert-type-thing. But we do take time to make candy as an "extra" dessert thing.
Most Italian cakes get their distinct flavoring from nuts, and REAL butter. In many of these cakes the flavoring may come from booze or extracts - or better known as flavorings. (And if you don't want to use alcohol/booze there is always a substitution listed on each page). Not too hard, right?
Top 5 Most Viewed Italian Cakes July 2013
#1 Best Tiramisu Recipe
#2 Yogurt Cake
#3 Almond Cake Recipe
#4 Lemon Pound Cake
#5 Italian Rum Cake
Click here to see the full recipe list of Italian Cakes.
Italian Cookie Recipes
Italian cookie recipes are just like most cookies you make. They have the basics - butter, nuts, and flour PLUS a few extras flavors like amaretto or anise. And each one of the Italian cookie recipes has a section with substitution ingredients.
Top 5 Most Viewed Italian Cookie Recipes July 2013
#1 Italian Fig Cookies
#2 Ricotta Cheese Cookies
#3 Italian Wedding Cookie Recipe
#4 Anisette Cookies
#5 Pizzelle Recipe
Click here to see the full recipe list of Italian Cookie Recipes.
The most well known Italian drinks are cappuccinos, sangria, and amaretto sours. Don't get in the rut of making only one type of drink. Never let a bottle sit and go to waste.
Top 5 Most Viewed Italian Drinks July 2013
#1 Amaretto Sour Drink Recipe
#2 Peach Sangria
#3 White Sangria Recipe
#4 Best Sangria Recipe
#5 How To Make Sangria
Click here to see the full list of Italian drink recipes.
An Italian biscotti recipe is cheap to make. They do require a little time - only because they are baked twice. Once you make these you will think again before paying OVER $3.00 at a Starbucks, Scooters, or whatever-the-coffee-house.
(Click here to see the Italian biscotti recipe list.)
Don't be scared to try making these!
You can purchase ready made cannoli tubes in the International Food Section at most supermarkets.
The cannoli filling recipes are fairly standard. They are with either mascarpone cheese or ricotta.
The creativity comes in the extras (which you can add to the filling or roll the edges of the shells. I use bits of chocolate, pistachio, candied citrus, vanilla.
Cannoli Filling Recipes
Fruit Dessert Recipes
These fruit dessert recipes ALL center around fresh fruit as the main ingredient. All you need is a few flavorings to enhance the natural fruit flavors. Some of the recipes use flour or nuts. And many use amaretto and wines. Need to use that large mound of on sale impulse fruit purchase?
Click here to see the full fruit dessert recipes list.
For the most part we make tarts instead of pies! Tarts are like an American pie, just without a top.
Many Italian fruit tarts are flavored with a wine. And most are made with an almond butter pastry - directions for the pastry are included on each recipe page. But there's no harm in using a frozen pastry either.?
Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
Chocolate Tart Recipe
Amaretto Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Coconut Custard Pie
Grasshopper Pie Recipe
Lemon Tart Recipe
Pear Tart Recipe
Panna Cotta Recipe
Strawberry Mousse Recipe
What works best for making tarts!
How To Make Rice Pudding
Search By Ingredient?
Do you have a craving?
Do you have a craving? Or just want to make something with ricotta, amaretto, or something authentically Italian tasting? Then use my recipe search by ingredient page. It's broken out in Italian ingredients and seasonal ingredients that are usually key in our dessert recipes.
Each one of these Italian dessert recipes have step by step instructions to help you make your Italian desserts the best tasting. Plus, not mention tips are included to help make your desserts look pretty darn good too!
These Italian dessert recipes are tried and true. I've made them all! Some of them a lot. Ok, some really a lot!
From this point forward, no more preservative-laden-bland-tasting-fake Italian desserts will ever come from your kitchen! Right?
Labor Day Is Coming Up!
It's still so hot, it's hard to get excited about cranking up the over. So - there are a couple of NO BAKE stand-by's I use:
Strawberry and Marsala
Amaretto Mouse Cheesecake
The big word is NO BAKE.
And then, there's always my Italian Drinks collection to make a party unique and festive.
Whatever you choose for Labor Day, keep it cool. Keep it simple. And keep it safe!
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