Almond Paste Original Recipe

Almond Paste
Almond Paste

Here is the Original Recipe for the Almond Paste. Almond Paste is used to decorate lots of sweets, especially cake. It is widely used in southern Italy, in fact it is originally from Palermo, made for the first time by the nuns of the Martorana Church. One the most famous dessert, the queen of the cakes, the Sicilian Cassata is coveredRead more

Testa di Turco (Castelbuono’s Dessert)

Testa di Turco (Castelbuono's Dessert)
Testa di Turco (Castelbuono's Dessert)

Testa di Turco is a spoon dessert of Castelbuono, an ancient medieval village a few kilometers from Cefalù, in the province of Palermo. Testa di Turco is a dessert consisting of layers of thin fried sheets of pasta dough which are interspersed with milk cream (very similar to Biancomangiare) and an abundant sprinkle of cinnamon.Read more

Sicilian Lemon Frost – Gelo di Limone

Sicilian Lemon Frost -Gelo di Limone
Gelo di Limone

Frost is a typical dessert of the peasant Sicilians tradition, made with seasonal fruit, during and introduced by the Arab domination.  In these days of stifling heat, the SICILIAN LEMON FROST, a light and refreshing dessert made with water, lemon juice, sugar, and starch, to thicken, could not be missing from the kitchen of Solo-Dolce. YouRead more

Strawberry Granita Original Sicilian Recipe

Strawberry Granita
Strawberry Granita

This  GRANITA is a delicious and refreshing little treat. It is a delicious cold dessert made up of water, sugar, and STRAWBERRIES. The granita makes me think of the wonderful and summery days spent in Sicily, with my friends or relatives sitting in a bar tasting the fantastic fruit granita served in transparent glasses and accompanied by theRead more

Sicilian Almond Pastries (Pasticcini Siciliani alle Mandorle)

Sicilian Almond Pastries (Pasticcini Siciliani alle Mandorle)
Sicilian Almond Pastries (Pasticcini Siciliani alle Mandorle)

Almond pastries are another delightful Sicilian pastries. The “Pasticcini Siciliani Alle Mandorle” are widespread throughout Sicily and can take different shapes/sizes and decoration methods. But they have only one characteristic in common, the use of almonds (obviously). They come exclusively from Avola (province of Syracuse). Avola almonds are the best in Italy and they  have been recognized as a “traditionalRead more

Sfince di San Giuseppe for Father’s Day

Sfinci di San Giuseppe for Father's Day in Italy
Sfinci di San Giuseppe for Father's Day in Italy

What dessert do you think I am talking about? In Italy the father’s day is celebrated on the 19th of March which is Saint Joseph’s day, the father of Jesus Christ. The tradition that we do in my town, Alcamo, is to eat “Sfinci di San Giuseppe“. But in other parts of Italy they are called: Zeppole di San Giuseppe, Raviole diRead more

Aunt Concetta’s Cassatelle

Aunt Concetta’s Cassatelle
Cassatelle

This short post is full of sweetness, and it recalls the flavors and scents of Sicily. My grandmother used to say: What do you need more in your life than “cassatelle”? Typical dessert of the province of Trapani, for the accuracy of Calatafimi, Castellammare del Golfo and Alcamo (my town). This traditional Easter dessert is beingRead more

Pistachio and Ricotta Cake

Pistachio and Ricotta Cake
Pistachio and Ricotta Cake

For my birthday and I wanted to make myself a cake that reminds me a lot, the colors and flavors of my land, Sicily. I chose as ingredients: pistachio as the emblem of Sicily being the only Italian region to produce it, with its unique emerald green and fragrant; ricotta, it is one of the bestRead more

Mini Ricotta Pies – Original Sicilian Recipe

Mini Ricotta Pie
Mini Ricotta Pies

I hope to win you over even more with these MINI RICOTTA PIES. They contain all the essence of my land, from fresh ricotta, to the scent of lemon, with a warm chocolate heart. Sicilian ricotta has been one of the most used and important raw materials on the island for centuries, conditioning the entire SicilianRead more

The Best Sicilian Watermelon Tart (Crostata di Anguria)

Watermelon Tart (Crostata di Anguria)
Watermelon Tart (Crostata di Anguria)

This Sicilian Watermelon Tart (Crostata di Anguria) recipe is the best sicilian summertime recipe, but several of my followers have asked me it, sorry if it arrived late. But here it is, with the sweetness and freshness of melon jelly (Gelo di Melone) and the crunchiness of a shortcrust pastry flavored with lemon essence.