Italian Apple Cake

Moist Apple Cake

Manuela’s mother has offered lots of inspiration and recipes for our cooking classes in Tuscany. This is one of her recipes, now handed down to her children and grandchildren. Thanks Licia!

Pizza ebraica – Jewish sweet “pizza”

This delectable item is not pizza at all, but an eggless, unleavened pastry crammed full of whole almonds and candied fruit and cooked until it looks rather burnt but is in fact absolutely perfect, with the nuts crunchy and fruits bursting with flavour.
Pear and Fig Tart

Pear and Fig Tart

You can make this tart with pretty much any fruit, but the combination of figs and pears is divine! During our cooking classes in Tuscany, we use ripe figs from the trees at the top of the hill.

Fruit and Custard Tart

This is a tart to rival a patisserie bought one. In our cooking courses in Italy we show you just how the pastry should be rolled out: quickly, gently but firmly. It takes some practice, but is well worth mastering. Delicious with soft fruit such as raspberries.

Serenella’s Amazing Chocolate Cake

Serenella is one of our lovely instructors at our cooking school in Italy. This moist, rich cake is addictive!

Cantuccini

These are the classic “biscotti” as they are often known in the US (in Italian, this just means any “cookies”). Using the finest flour available results in the most mouthwatering morsels.

Orange and chocolate cake

This is a typical Sephardic Passover cake, which has various versions, made throughout the Mediterranean.

Ricciarelli – Sienese almond biscuits

For many, along with the spice-dense panforte, the light, sophisticated ricciarello is the true Tuscan Christmas treat. They used to be made in convents and apothecary shops, the only places where the right spices and storage conditions would be found.

Hazelnut sponge cake with raspberries and fresh cream

A deliciously light fluffy sponge with a subtle nutty flavour!

Carnival Sponge Cake

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a fluffy, delicately scented Mardi Gras cake. It is one of the dairy-free desserts that we make during our cooking courses in Italy.