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Classic Italian Puddings, Gelato & other Spoon Desserts

Italian cooking is very difficult to pin down -- almost every city and town has its specialties, and there are regional trends too; the end result is a huge number of local cuisines rather than a single national cuisine. However, there are some dishes that you will find almost everywhere, and that are now standards among the many Italian communities scattered across the globe.

Bavarese alla Frutta
A basic Bavarian Cream that can be made with many kinds of fruit, and therefore in any season.

Bianco Mangiare
A delicate pudding made from almond milk.

An extraordinarily tasty, thick, Piemontese amaretto and cocoa pudding.

Budino Di Cioccolato
Chocolate pudding, simple and tasty.

Budino Di Ricotta
Ricotta is astonishingly versatile. Here it stars in a dessert.

Budino Di Riso
One of the classic North Italian desserts, and rightly so.

Budino Di Semolino
A quick, easy pudding well suited to a family meal.

Similar to a sherbet, but made with fruit pulp as well. Delightful!

Gelati & Sorbetti
About ice creams and sherbets, which are wonderful in the summer and perfect year round. Lots of recipes, too.

Mousse al Melone
Cantaloupe mousse, a delightfully refreshing summer treat.

Lemon Ice
Simpler than a sorbetto, and delicate too.

Mele Cotte Ripiene
Baked stuffed apples -- tasty, and though simple elegant enough to serve guests.

Panna Cotta
You won't believe how easy this delicious Piemontese standard is!

Pesche Ripiene
Peaches stuffed with candied fruit and more peach. Delightful!

There are hundreds of recipes for this simplest of desserts. Here's my favorite.

A collection of more than 20 (!) recipes that Desiree McCrorey has kindly offered to share with us.

Delicate liquid egg custard that's great in a cup, or for dipping things.

A delightful combination of chilled cream, chocolate, and cake.

Zuppa Inglese: English Trifle
This really is a trifle, in the sense of layers of cake and cream, and though it is most Italian it is called English because it was a favorite of English expats.

More Puddings and Spoon Desserts
Classic Italian Dishes
The General Recipe Index

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