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Panettone from Scratch

Panettone from Scratch, Italian Christmas delicacy, featuring my grandmother’s story of how it all started … There are several legends about history of Panettone. They include noble Italian families since sugar, wheat flour and eggs were luxuries in 15th century. Rye and spelt were the most common, cheaper grains to… Read more »

Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio : Italian rustic festive cake with chestnut flour, walnuts, rosemary and pine nuts. If you prefer experiencing different tastes and flavours, especially desserts with low sugar, this Castagnaccio is the one you are looking for. Earthy, nutty flavours with some rosemary, roasted pine nuts and walnuts make suprisigly tasty… Read more »

Festive Cannoli Cake Roll

Festive Cannoli Cake Roll : simple and light festive dessert, Italian way ! This Festive Cannoli Cake Roll is beautiful to have after festive holidays’ lunch or dinner since it is light and so very refreshing. Since it is simple also ( and we know simple is always the best… Read more »

Potato-Crusted Mediterranean Meatloaf

Potato-Crusted Mediterranean Meat Loaf : Every bite of this tender, juicy meatloaf is full of flavours with feta cheese, zucchini slices and bell pepper strips. Potato crust makes it complete ! Friends from abroad visited us for a week end and it happened to be perfect occasion to bake Potato-Crusted… Read more »

Pretzels Homemade

Welcome to my frugal balcony again. I hope pretzels are noticed here. When having a snack, cappuccino creates additional bonus. While investigating about Pretzels I have found their origin back in Early Middle Ages. Monasteries were the places where these creations came from. Italian, not German as I thought. Pretiola… Read more »

Festive Breakfast

To be honest, 1 cup of pumpkin puree was left after I did the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars so this is a frugal dish managing to do with leftovers. You can cook semolina pudding the evening before, lightly oil the dishes, pour hot semolina into them, lay aside and serve kids… Read more »