Italy is known the world over for pizza and pastas, but in the dessert section, most of us have heard of only panna cotta. But there’s more to Italian desserts than just that, just as there’s more to Tamilian cuisine than plain idli-sambar. To widen our knowledge, here’s a selection of some scrumptious Italian desserts——
1.Sicilian Cannoli with Ricotta cheese filling:
We can imagine the taste of this luscious-looking dessert already. Sonia Zafferano explains the method of making this traditional Sicilian dessert very clearly. There’s written text too, in case her accent is misleading. We should just figure out a way of getting the fluted canolli shells, that’s all. It should be possible to get someone to hammer down some for us.
Gennaro Contaldo, mentor to the famed Jamie Oliver, sits on the balcony of his charming island home in Minori, surrounded by hills and the sea, and makes this rich dessert. It’s pronounced Zabayoney, by the way. It has the subtle hint of lemon zest made from green lemon, and is served with great-looking amaretti biscuits.
3.Crostata with home-made Nutella:.
We love the sound of these typical Italian desserts, don’t we? And when our pretty presenter rolls the ‘r’ even more pronouncedly, it’s a treat to the ears. This recipe has no butter, no eggs and no milk, so it’s ideal for kids or people who are allergic to either of these. She uses home-made Nutella, and even gives a link for the same, as also for Vincenzo’s traditional crostata, made with strawberry jam.
Originating from Piedmont in Italy, this name literally means cooked cream, as panna means cream and cotta means cooked. No oven is needed for this. it’s just cooked over a stove, blended with gelatine and set in the refrigerator. It’s then unmoulded and served with berry sauce.
These are customarily made for carnival time, and are made by rolling eggs, flour, sugar, butter and lemon zest into small bite-sized balls, frying, then sprinkling with powdered sugar before serving.
Italians are known for their exquisite good taste, be it in cars or dresses. For long, the Indian automobile scene knew of only Fiats and Ambassadors. Needless to say, the Fiat comes from Italy. Milan and Venice have set the standards for haute couture for ages. And Italian desserts too are making their way up the popularity charts——