Tagged with almonds

Almond Madeleines

Almond Madeleines

Madeleines are classic French small cakes that have to be slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a wonderful aroma of either vanilla, citrus zest, or, as in this case, almonds. They are not difficult to make, but you do need to have a special pan to give them their characteristic shape. … Continue reading

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Marzipan and almond paste are pretty similar, as both are made by grinding almonds and sugar together. The differences are that marzipan is sweeter than almond paste (almond paste is 50% of almonds by weight, whereas marzipan is 35-45% almonds), and that marzipan has a smoother texture. Marzipan is often colored using food coloring and … Continue reading

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

I always like it when I get requests for a dinner party, because it makes it easier to choose what to make. In this case, the request was something with shrimp and garlic. Because of the season I looked for autumn flavors that would work well with shrimp and garlic. As shrimp are earthy and … Continue reading

Oat Bran Quark Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Oat Bran Quark Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

I’ve been experimenting with different flavors for the high protein, high fiber, low sugar, and low fat muffins I’m baking for breakfast. My favorite so far is almond poppy seed. This flavor seems to work particularly well with the quark, oat bran, and stevia base. And so I am sharing it with you below. Poppy … Continue reading

Almond and Fig Tart

Almond and Fig Tart

A while back Silva posted a prune and frangipane tart on her blog that she referred to as Torta Delizia (delicious tart). She used to eat this cake when visiting signora Gigia in the town where she grew up, and years later she got the recipe from signora Gigia’s daughter. I made a very similar tart with … Continue reading

Shrimp with Almonds and Onions

Shrimp with Almonds and Onions

Shrimp with almonds and onions is a simple but very tasty appetizer that was inspired by something we tried in Croatia. It reminded me a bit of a preparation from Venice called ‘in Saor‘, but this is even more simple. The combination of the sweet earthy shrimp with the sweet onions and earthy almonds works … Continue reading

Carrot and Almond Cake (Torta di Carote)

Carrot and Almond Cake (Torta di Carote)

One of my co-workers, a nice lady called Heleen, mentioned that she had a great recipe for carrot cake. That got my attention as I was looking for a dessert recipe with vegetables. She lent me a book from Slow Food Editore full of recipes from Italian trattorie (simple restaurants that serve traditional food). I liked … Continue reading

Pan Ducale

Pan Ducale

When we told Lucia of the B&B we stayed at in Roseto degli Abruzzi that we were going to visit the Calanchi di Atri, a beautiful landscape close to the town of Atri, she advised me to also check out the local delicacy called pan ducale. And so we looked for a pastry shop in … Continue reading

Almond Cherry Cookies (Bocconcini all’Amarena)

Almond Cherry Cookies (Bocconcini all’Amarena)

You may think I’m obsessed with the combination of almond and amarena cherries. Recently I posted about this meringue cake and these cookies. So why yet another post that features this combination? Well, I really liked the texture of the cookies, but I also wanted to make an Italian specialty which is bocconcini all’amarena. “Bocconcini” means … Continue reading

Almond Amarena Cookies

Almond Amarena Cookies

I really like the combination of amarena cherries and almonds, as you may have noticed from this almond meringue cake with amarena cherries. I also really liked the texture of Mimi’s hazelnut cranberry cookies. And so it wasn’t hard to come up with almond amarena cookies, starting from Mimi’s recipe as a base. I made … Continue reading

Homemade Amaretti

Homemade Amaretti

Amaretti are those crispy Italian almond cookies that are crumbled and used for cakes, and in fact are not made of almonds but of apricot kernels. The word “amaretti” means “little bitter ones”. The home made variety is in fact made of almonds and it is initially more chewy than brittle. The recipe is easy: … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Tartlets

Butternut Squash Tartlets

Oops! On November 25, I blogged about Duck Breast Sous-Vide with Duck Red Wine Demi-Glace and promised that my next post would be about the side dish shown on the plate: butternut squash tartlets. Then I got so excited about the homemade Barolo Chinato I had just tried for the first time that I wanted to blog … Continue reading

Macarons

Macarons

French macarons are almond and meringue-based airy cookies that are commonly filled with ganache or buttercream. The image of two macarons with filling in between has always reminded me of a hamburger, but perhaps that’s only me. I’ve had lots of macarons at the end of fancy dinners in restaurant, but until now I had … Continue reading

Cauliflower Risotto (Risotto al Cavolfiore)

Cauliflower Risotto (Risotto al Cavolfiore)

A few weeks ago I dined at my favorite Italian restaurant in Amsterdam: Bussia. The risotto I was served there was a cauliflower risotto and it was the inspiration for the risotto I created. This risotto is very creamy with most of the cauliflower used to make a cauliflower puree and the remainder roasted in … Continue reading

Cake with Plums, Almonds and Orange

I served this delicious cake to my parents for dessert when they came over for dinner, and everyone loved it. I got the recipe from the newspaper a long time ago, and found it when I was sorting out old recipes. It’s so good I regret not making it earlier. Ingredients 500 grams (1.1 lbs) … Continue reading