Organic Tuscany Cookbook

Italian Dessert Recipes

Torta di Mele

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Manuela’s mother’s recipe. Thanks Licia! Read Recipe »

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Fruit and Custard Tart

This is a tart to rival a patisserie bought one. Delicious with soft fruit such as raspberries.

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Schiacciata alla fiorentina

Carnival Sponge Cake

Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 40 mins | Servings: 10-15 Ingredients Juice and zest of 1 orange 150 g (3/4 cup) sugar (caster if you have it, if not, grind whatever you have finely) 2 eggs 250g (2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour 5 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil 1 tablespoon (14 gr) of natural baking [...]

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Italian chocolate cake

Serenella's Amazing Chocolate Cake

This moist, rich cake is addictive!

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Custard Pie with Pine Nuts & Almonds

In this traditional Tuscan dessert the combination of rich pastry, delicate custard and toasted nuts makes for a special treat indeed.

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Pear and Fig Tart

Pear and Fig Tart

You can make this tart with pretty much any fruit, but the combination of figs and pears is divine!

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Tiramisu

Tiramisù

Tiramisu (literally “Pick me up”) seems to have been around for generations, but is in fact a creation from the 1970s! Our version uses custard.

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Orange and chocolate cake

Orange and chocolate cake

This is a typical Sephardic Passover cake, which has various versions, made throughout the Mediterranean. Prep time: 30 min | Total time: 3 hour | Servings: 10 Ingredients 2 medium-sized organic oranges (thin rind is better) 150g (1 cup) ground almonds 150g (3/4 cup) sugar 40g (1/3 cup) all-pourpose flour 6 eggs 1 tablespoon natural baking powder. [...]

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Cantuccini

The classic “biscotti” as they are often known in the US (in Italian, this just means any “biscuits”). Using the finest flour available (Italian “00” is the best) results in the most mouthwatering bicuits.

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Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

The secret to a good panna cotta is achieving something that sets, but is still wonderfully creamy.

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