Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

A cookie originally made to last a long time and soak up wine...sounds good to me! In the U.S. this traditional Italian hard cookie is referred to as biscotti; whereas in many regions in Italy it is called cantucci. Biscotti comes from a small city in the Tuscan region of Italy called Prato. The cookie--cantucci … Continue reading Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

The Surprise in the Icing

I will always remember any holiday or family celebrations as happy times and SWEET times. Tables overflowed with mouthwatering desserts: sweet yet savory chocolate chip cookies, tangy zuccherinis, simple pizzelles, Grace's (aka Mom-Mom) filled cookies, rich chocolate crinkles, cream puffs you drool over, cannolis bursting with sweet ricotta, gorgeous Easter egg cakes, and at least … Continue reading The Surprise in the Icing

Healing Cupcakes

Baking has been a creative outlet for me since I was about 13. I think Cake Boss started it all for me...and The Great British Bake Off absolutely reignited my passion recently. Throughout high school, I made cakes shaped like bunnies, tiered cakes, cakes with the leg lamp from The Christmas Story, and so much … Continue reading Healing Cupcakes

My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

Part three and Ada Boni is still beating me. This was my first time making Zuppa Inglese. Sticking to my original challenge, I knew nothing about the recipe prior to baking. I had no idea what it should look or taste like. At one point, while baking I shouted out loud "ooooooh I'm making pudding!!!"...yup. … Continue reading My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

The Best Pumpkin Donut Holes

It is the season of crisp leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and cups of hot cider by the fire. Although the boos and spookiness are finished for 2020, autumn still has much to offer. The vibrant leaves may no longer be on the trees but they still smile underfoot on my hikes. I love autumn, specifically … Continue reading The Best Pumpkin Donut Holes

My First Ada Boni Success!

Ada Boni challenge continued...this week I made Boni's Bocca Di Dama recipe. Keep scrolling to see: The recipeAny problems I experiencedMy next recipeComparing my results to google photosWhere to follow the journey The Recipe Bocca Di dama Ingredients 1/4 cup shelled almonds1/4 cup sugar1 egg, lightly beaten7 eggs, at room temperature3 egg yolks, at room … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Success!

My First Ada Boni Fail

Last week, I began my Ada Boni challenge. I chose to start with the Eritrea Tart because it seemed like a simple cake. I was very wrong to make this assumption. This first recipe opened me up to the challenges of baking from cookbooks published in the 1950s. My Eritrea Tart tastes and looks okay, … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Fail

Baking with Ada Boni

As Americans, many of us have unique links to our ancestry, some are clear cut and some are fuzzy. Growing up, it was made very clear to me that I am a part of an Italian American family. My grandmother, who is Sicilian, keeps the culture alive for the family. Her baking is the outlet … Continue reading Baking with Ada Boni