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Ricciarelli Hearts

I made my version of these 4 or 5 years ago doing research for a magazine article. They are delicious and very moreish. Originally a macaroon style biscuit form Siena in Italy and often given as Christmas gifts. As I have a lov...
 
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Amaretto & Dark Choc
Amaretto & Dark Choc
Amaretto & Dark Choc

Amaretto and Dark Chocolate Baked Cheesecake

I love cheesecake, baked or no bake, all flavours, whether it’s fruity or sweet and spicy! I reckoned an Amaretto flavour  (a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur) would work well, so decided to pair it with dark chocolate ...

 
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Nectarine & Amaretto Sorbet

Some things just remind you of summer and care free times, or may be it’s just the alcohol in this that does it! This bottle of Amaretto was brought on our first wedding anniversary in Sorrento, total bliss and after several (!...
 
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Cappuccino Biscuits

I love coffee but rarely make coffee flavoured things as I am surrounded by tea drinkers (I love tea too!) I suppose that is the perfect excuse to make something and scoff the lot really! Anyway, in need of a coffee fix I made ...

 
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Sam’s kitchen Gnocchi

Gnocchi (little potato clouds) I made these for the first time many years ago and we all love them, they’re great with a sauce or really plain with olive oil and black pepper. Serve as a starter or main, really versatile ...
 
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Parmesan & Sundried Tomato Scones

I was recently having a little afternoon tea for a family getogether and thought I’d make some savoury scones for a change. I decided to include some of my favourite things, cheese & tomatoes. The results tasted absolutely ...

 
Biscuits
 

Vanilla Crumblies

We are all big vanilla fans at home so I get through a fair amount of the good stuff, either extract or my new love the vanilla bean paste mmmmmmmm. A few months back I made pinenut cookies (pignoli) and I loved them but Gav &a...
 
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Sams Amaretti Biscuits

As you may know I just lurve all things Italian, I have a soft spot for those gorgeous delights that are Amaretti biscuits. I thought I’d have ago at my own. Really simple & only a few ingredients, just 3 (well 4 if you dus...

 
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Citrus Polenta Crunchies

These are a biscuit with a real crunch. Using polenta adds a grainy texture & I think it works really well with the citrus flavours. Easy peasy to make and doesn’t take long at all. Strangely they are much nicer when they a...
 
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Candied Peel

I thought I’d give this a go as I haven’t tried to make them before and they make nice little gifts or after dinner treats. It’s pretty straightforward just a little time consuming. They’re really moreish, so be warned!   ...