ricciarelli-siena
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Ricciarelli - Sienese almond biscuits

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For many, along with the spice-dense panforte, the light, sophisticated ricciarello is the true Tuscan Christmas treat. They used to be made in convents and apothecary shops, the only places where the right spices and storage conditions would be found.
Italian Apple Cake
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Moist Apple Cake

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Manuela’s mother has offered lots of inspiration and recipes for our cooking classes in Tuscany. This is one of her recipes, now handed down to her children and grandchildren. Thanks Licia!
green-beans-tomato-sauce
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Slow-cooked green beans in a tomato sauce

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You may say that you like your green beans to be firm and crunchy, but after tasting this dish you may also appreciate their sweet, melt-in-the-mouth quality when slow cooked.
crostata
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Fruit and Custard Tart

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This is a tart to rival a patisserie bought one. In our cooking courses in Italy we show you just how the pastry should be rolled out: quickly, gently but firmly. It takes some practice, but is well worth mastering. Delicious with soft fruit such as raspberries.
schiacciata-alla-fiorentina
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Carnival Sponge Cake

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Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a fluffy, delicately scented Mardi Gras cake. It is one of the dairy-free desserts that we make during our cooking courses in Italy.
onion-soup2
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Certaldo Onion Soup

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Our local town, Certaldo, had been famous for almost a thousand years for its delicious red onions. A group of local farmers has been growing them and popularising them again. They are used in many dishes. One of the most popular is this simple, warming soup.
choccolate-cake
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Serenella's Amazing Chocolate Cake

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Serenella is one of our lovely instructors at our cooking school in Italy. This moist, rich cake is addictive!
gnocchi-zucca
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Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi

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These are not like boiled gnocchi at all, but are creamy balls of pumpkin baked in a tomato sauce. Guests who come on our cooking courses in Italy say that they are one of their favorite fall dishes.
torta-della-nonna
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Custard Pie with Pine Nuts & Almonds

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

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You can make this tart with pretty much any fruit, but the combination of figs and pears is divine! During our cooking classes in Tuscany, we use ripe figs from the trees at the top of the hill.