Tis’ the season for creating and connecting in La Cucina! Looking back on your festive food favourites, it’s DOLCI all the way! I like your sty [*new lingo I picked up from teenville ;)*] I read a meme somewhere that said “kids won’t remember what food was made over the holidays” – I am THAT kid and I remember EVERYTHING about the full sensory delight of the holiday food spread growing up in my Italo-Canadian kitchen and so grateful for Nonna and Papa’s culinary talents to learn from to share and connect over with our own kids. My Merry Motto – focus on the things that spark JOY, toss the rest to the holiday hyper-functioning sidelines (Undo List). In reverse-order of a typical five course Italian meal, we’re heading straight for the dolce (dessert) because we’re recipe renegades like that 😉 Here are a few of my favourite Italian-Inspired Holiday Dessert things I think your family will love too:
Frittelle di Natale Holiday Tree
What my childhood dolce dreams were made of holidaying at Nonna’s house – a fresh plate of frittelle (fried pizza dough dusted with sugar). Many cultures have a version of this treat. Try our festive edible holiday tree spin – a beautiful addition to your holiday dessert table! And if you don’t have time to bake it, and want to fake it, any pre-made donut holes would be a fun simplified spin…who’s gonna know?! 😉
Affogato al Hot Cioccolato
A twist on the classic Italian dessert drink Affogato traditionally made with espresso swapping in hot chocolate for a family-friendly spin! Use your flav-ourite holiday gelato – one scoop helps cool this down for littles as a hot cocoa-enjoying minus the tongue burn hack. Grown ups looking to spike it up a notch – try your favourite creamy holiday liqueur. In my humble opinion, Homemade Hot Chocolate tastes the bestest – give this recipe a shot!
Chocolate Cream Panettone Bake
If you’re gifted an Italian sweet bread (Panettone) this season, our Christmas brunch recipe is THE way to devour it! A drizzle of thinned out hazelnut spread & fresh berries is stupendo! “How to Pick the Best Panettone Guide” included too!
While cannoli fillings range from classic candied orange or cherry to modern chocolate chips, my primo fave is with crushed pistachios (pistacchi). Recipe adapted by @VisitSicily (where cannoli originated) and simplified using high-quality, pre-made cannoli shells…shortcuts are #santaapproved 😉
Italian Struffoli di Natale
More Festive Food Your Family Will Love:
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