Pate de Fruit

Pate de Fruit in the South of France

When in the south of France, the flavours of the coast are inescapable. Luscious fruits, fragrant herbs infuse all your senses. It’s no surprise then, that the French here take full advantage of their good fortune with a variety of treats aimed at preserving all that is fresh and luxurious     At Confiserie Florian,…

Limoncello Loaf

Limoncello Lemon Loaf in Sorrento

One thing is striking walking down the winding seaside of Sorrento. It is the undeniable smell of citrus, in particular, the lemons that catch your attention. From the groves of lemon trees lining the hillsides to the smells wafting out of kitchens and patios, the fresh scent of these fruits is undeniable. It is not…

Fig and Mascarpone Tart

Fig and Mascarpone Tart in Rome

One of my greatest pleasures while traveling is simply walking (and eating) my way through local farmers markets. Nowhere was that more evident than in Rome’s Campo di Fiori. On this particular visit, I just couldn’t resist the fresh picked, plump juicy figs that seemingly permeated every corner of the market. Rows upon rows of…

Tiramisu

Tiramisu in Venice

While there is still much debate in Italy as to the exact origin of tiramisu, most believe it to have been created somewhere in the vicinity of Venice.  As it happens, my fondest memory of this dessert comes from a sitting in St. Marks Square in Venice. It is no secret that dining in one…

Panna Cotta

Perfect Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a traditional Northern Italian dessert that you can find all over Italy. Made with only a few ingredients, it is one of the most versatile recipes you will ever learn how to make. This is the perfect recipe to pull out when you’re looking to show off local fruits in season for…

Gianduja Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake in Torino

Not as glitzy as Milan, but not as touristy as Rome and Florence, Torino quickly became one of my favourite cities in Italy. With beautiful mountain-scapes in the distance and the faint smell of coffee and chocolate in the air, this city had my heart the moment I got off the train. If you’re into…

Amaretti

Amaretti in Milan

Amaretti are Italy’s answer to the French macaron. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these golden cookies date back to the Renaissance in Sarrono, just north of Milan. Like a French macaron, they can be found sandwiched between ganache or jam, but most often they are consumed plain. Amaretti though, have a much…