Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

It doesn't happen often that inspiration for a new flavour of brownie comes from a novel. In 'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris, the heroine Vianne Rocher prepares her favourite chocolate drink by adding a mesmerizing  combination of chilli, nutmeg and cinnamon. Instinctively I knew that … [Read more...]

Carrot cake with vanilla-scented icing

Carrot cake with vanilla-scented icing

When I first came to England I was completely smitten by your carrot cake. In Bologna where I grew up, I had never seen a cake made with a vegetable(!) nor one with such a peculiar texture - so enriched with walnuts and such a beautifully sweet icing. Hmm! For this reason I used to order … [Read more...]

Battistero – beautiful Italian Christmas panettone

Battistero – beautiful Italian Christmas panettone

We've now received our Christmas range of beautiful Italian chocolate panettone from Battistero. These were the most popular Christmas gifts last year, as much for the unique designs of the tins as for the cakes themselves!   The name Battistero is Italian for baptistry and this year is the … [Read more...]

Gourmet strawberry mini-muffins with a balsamic vinegar, acacia honey and pink pepper glacé

Gourmet strawberry mini-muffins with a balsamic vinegar, acacia honey and pink pepper glacé

I always look forward to my husband's return from an early-morning visit to our local fruit market in Bristol. I give him a list of all the things we need and he has the task of hunting high and low for the freshest and highest quality produce available. This is not always an easy task of … [Read more...]

Heavenly pecan brownie with Italian vanilla bean ice-cream

Heavenly pecan brownie with Italian vanilla bean ice-cream

One of my favourite comfort foods since coming to England is the classic chocolate brownie. Compared to some of Italy's finer patisserie, the brownie may not be the prettiest, but its taste is surely to die for! From the day I first tasted one I was haunted by the desire to find the version that … [Read more...]