Gingerbread Madeleines

A year ago, I asked for a madeleine pan for Christmas.

When I asked for it, I knew it was an unnecessary specialty kitchen item that I would probably use about twice before burying it in the cabinet. I wanted one anyway, because the adorable pictures of madeleines that were popping up in my social media were filling my head with thoughts of what my life could be like with a madeleine pan. I could make matcha madeleines! Chocolate madeleines! Pink strawberry madeleines dipped in white chocolate! You get the thought process. Continue reading “Gingerbread Madeleines”

Brioche Banana Bread Pudding

The word “brioche” takes me right back to Sicily.

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I just got back from my annual month-long trip to the beautiful island, and I missed it as soon as I set foot on the airplane.  Continue reading “Brioche Banana Bread Pudding”

Crumiri di Casale

If “America runs on Dunkin”, Italy runs on tea cookies. A common breakfast is a few plain, crunchy cookies with a shot of espresso or maybe a cup of tea. In my house, the breakfast cookie of choice is the “S” cookie you can find just about anywhere now, even in CVS. Given you know it’s time to change when your “Italian” breakfast cookie is available in CVS, I decided to make some real Italian breakfast cookies for my mom, sans yellow dyes 5 and 6. Continue reading “Crumiri di Casale”

Yogurt and Citrus Charlotte

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, and that’s mostly because my kitchen here in Frankfurt is missing some crucial appliances for effective cooking.  Colander, kitchen scale (or any sort of measuring equipment), cake pan, pie pan… ok so the last two aren’t essential but I still need them!   Continue reading “Yogurt and Citrus Charlotte”

Jasmine-Scented Raspberry Breakfast Tiramisu

This is a repost from my old blog.  I’m posting it now because raspberries are finally in season!

Last summer I stayed a few days in a wonderful bed and breakfast called Villa Teresa while I was in Pisa.  While the “bed” portion of my stay was great, the “breakfast” was my favorite part.

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Torta Pere e Cioccolato

The first time I had the pear-chocolate combo in cake form was this summer in Pisa, when I had a supermarket version of it at a birthday party.  Being a supermarket cake, it wasn’t anything mind-blowing.  Actually, the cake was dry, the chocolate flavor was muted, and all I wanted to do was eat all the pears out of it and leave the sad cake scaffolding for the others.  Since that’s not socially acceptable behavior, I resisted the urge. Continue reading “Torta Pere e Cioccolato”