Lemon and chocolate nibs (baked) donuts

lemon baked donuts

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I have already said everything about lemon and it might be redundant saying again how deep is my passion for this citrus fruit. The “odd news” here is the “marriage” with the cocoa nibs, in other words the cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks, and broken into smaller pieces. Continue reading

Shortbread cookies with hazelnuts and orange

sablé aux noisettes et à l'orange

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I love all kinds of cookies, but I admit that I’m not a good baker of them. First because often I don’t guess the right cooking time, and let us speak the truth, making a cake is faster, no need to struggle with the dough that sticks to your hands or with the shape that does not look like you had imagined … Continue reading

Small milk and chocolate buns

sweet milk buns

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I have an “internal” war between my moral responsibility and the craving that I have for bread, in all its forms. Well, this “war” is doomed; it’s completely useless ringing around. After 3 days of resistance, I find my body walking inside a bakery or preparing some bread. Continue reading

Apple yoghurt pie with cranberry jam

tarte de pommes1

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Before leaving for Italy on December, I made a lot of cranberry jam to give to my Italian friends, but with the rush and excitement of the departure, I forgot to put them in my suitcases. The result is that after the holidays, I found myself “alone” with all these jams. Continue reading

Torta della nonna (grandmother’s cake)

shortbread and custard cake

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The “grandmother’s cake” is a typical cake from Tuscany. A simple cake made with shortbread crust stuffed with pastry cream and pine nuts on top. Found almost everywhere, it’s really hard to go to Tuscany and not taste it. The simplicity of its ingredients and its preparation makes it a versatile dessert that’s generally well appreciated by everyone. In my family this cake is made often for birthdays and any other kind of “home events”. We prepare it so often that we don’t look at the grams anymore, and it’s prepared mostly by heart. Continue reading

Spice and ginger square cookies

biscotti allo zenzero

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I’ve already told you that the sweet side of this Christmas is that it will be full of spices and ginger. I know that maybe it’s not very original, but I cannot disregard my “food inclinations” especially for Christmas! In the light of results, no regrets at all!  Continue reading

Sweet bread men (Grittibanz)

sweet bread men

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Christmas approaches, and being the child I am, I’m counting downs the days (- 13). Since I’ve been using ginger everywhere else, I decided not to perform the classic “gingerbread” but “breadmen” as sweet and fun as the others. “My men” come from Germany and Switzerland (German canton) and they are prepared in occasion of the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6th, I’m quite late posting them now, but I was waiting to be in my hometown with my family in order to have the perfect atmosphere. Continue reading