Desserts

Bigne al Cioccolato Beignets with Chocolate Sauce Makes 32 pastry puffs Beignets are considered French, but they were actually invented in Florence and exported to France by a Florentine chef in the court of Catherine de Medicis. Back then, bigne were called pasta siringa (syringe pastry) because chefs used a syringe to shoot the cream […]

Biscotti al Cioccolato Chocolate Biscotti (makes 40 cookies) Ingredients 2 cups of flour 3 eggs 1 7/8 cups sugar 6 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking soda 4 teaspoons brewed espresso ¾ teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups blanched, toasted Hazelnuts Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and […]

Biscotti di Noci Misti Mixed Nut Biscotti (makes 40 cookies) Ingredients ½ cup sweet butter 1 ¾ cups flour ¾ cup sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten, plus 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup toasted almonds ¼ […]

Bonet Chocolate Amaretto Custard Serves 4 Ingredients: ¾ cup sugar 3 eggs 2 ⅔ tablespoons sifted unsweetened cocoa powder 2 ⅔ tablespoons crumbled Amaretti cookies 2 cups milk Procedure: 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a small, heavy saucepan, heat ¼ cup of the sugar over a very low heat, stirring constantly […]

Buccellato Lucchese Sweet Bread Makes 1 Loaf Ingredients: 1 package active dry yeast ¼ cup warm water 1 teaspoon plus ½ cup sugar 2 to 2 ½ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 2 medium eggs Vegetable oil, for the bowl and pan 3 tablespoons raisins 3 tablespoons finely chopped […]

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