June 2011 -

Traditional Italian Desserts

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Dessert Recipes

Italian DessertThe finale for an Italian family meal is usually fruit or cheese with caffé shared while lingering around the table in the pleasure of each others company, but various mouth-watering desserts are prepared for special occasions.

The famous dessert cake of Italy common for birthdays and celebrations is the ‘Zuppa Inglese’.  Literally translated, the name means “English soup” it is thought to have acquired the unusual name by the association of English sailors and their issue of rum.

This white cake decorated with sweet cream and a garnish of fresh strawberries will become a family favorite from the first bite.

More well known as ‘cream puffs’ the St. Joseph’s Day pastries were created by Italian pastry chefs to commemorate the day, March 16 named for the beloved patron saint of home and family.  Traditionally the pastries are served plain but can also be topped with a rich, liqueur flavored chocolate sauce. Read more…