Monthly Archives: January 2011

Italians really do live ‘la dolce vita’ (but only sometimes)

Just to prove that my Italian family DID eat cakes on rare occasions. These tiny works of art were from the famous Zamberletti pasticceria in Varese, to celebrate the miraculous passing of my first year law exams. Italians unapologetically rarely … Continue reading

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Common custard tarts

The recipe said: “wait for the custard to cool before filling the pastry cases.” Well, I didn’t because I don’t like waiting for anything, and they still worked. There was a wobbly moment when I opened the oven and they … Continue reading

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Fabulous fatless jam sponge

Had a notion of something jammy last night, so had a go at making a fatless sponge. Pretty chuffed with the result! The next time however, I’ll be a bit less heavy-handed with the old caster sugar. It was kind … Continue reading

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Caramel tart from the heart

This is the very first dessert I made for my super-healthy Italians. It’s easy-peasy to make, even if you have a fear of shortcrust pastry. Recipe available on the ‘recipes’ page. You know you want to.

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Welcome to famale

‘Fa male’ means ‘bad for you’ in Italian. When I was living in Northern Italy during the summer, I introduced my host family to lots of unhealthy Scottish desserts, which were branded ‘fa male’ every time by the Nonna. However, … Continue reading

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