Dulce de Leche Liqueur

Dulce de Leche Liqueur

Today I want to share with you the recipe for yet another home-made liqueur.  I love Dulce de Leche, don’t you?  Well, having this liqueur is like drinking liquid Dulce del Leche!  It is just scrumptious.  It is very easy to make and it requires only 4 ingredients. It is perfect to give as a…

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Cubbaita

Cubbaita

Tomorrow is a very special day for all Italian children, as we celebrate the day of the Epiphany and the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the baby Jesus.  The night between January 5th and 6th is the night of Befana, who, in Italian folklore, is “an old woman who fills children’s stockings with candy…

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Chocolate Cake with Zabaione

Chocolate Cake with Zabaione

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!  This is my first post for 2015 and to celebrate the beginning of a new year, it just had to be a dessert… and a chocolate one at that.  This is a very easy and moist chocolate cake, made with very little flour.  It is not too sweet, and…

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Salted Caramel Nutella Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Nutella Hot Chocolate

After sharing the recipe for my baked Cinnamon Apples, which make for a healthy snack, I am back today with something more… festive.  It is the holiday season and I think it calls for a little indulgence, before we get back to our everyday cooking and eating.  So what better time than this to enjoy…

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

During the Christmas holidays, we all tend to eat a lot.  And we also snack a lot more than during other times of the year.  I find it easier to snack on healthy food and fresh fruits here in Australia, as it is summer, but for all my friends and family up in the Northern…

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Pandoro

Pandoro

Christmas in Italy means Panettone or Pandoro.  There’s a huge rivalry between the supporters of these two traditional sweets and very often people who like one will tell you they dislike the other.  As a child, I was definitely on the Pandoro’s team.  Even though I have always liked sultanas (I used to eat them…

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Lime and Macadamia Nut Bark

Lime and Macadamia Nut Bark

Can you believe that I had never made chocolate bark before??  I know, so weird, especially considering that I am a chocoholic!  In my defence, I must say that it is not something we usually make in Italy.  For Christmas, we mostly make nougat.  But bark is so good, so versatile and, let’s face it,…

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Lavender Sugar

Lavender Sugar

I love the smell and taste of lavender.  It reminds me of when I used to travel to the south of France with my parents.  One of our favourite spots was Aix-en-Provence.  We always stopped at the morning markets to buy beautiful bunches of lavender, hand-made lavender soap and all sorts of lavender perfumed items. …

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Cookies and Cream Fudge

Cookies and Cream Fudge

I made this Cookies and Cream Fudge to give to friends as part of this year’s Christmas hamper.  It is so easy to make and it tastes amazing.  My husband is a huge fan of Cookies and Cream anything, so he was over the moon when I made it.  But he wasn’t the only one…

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Creamy Coconut Liqueur

Creamy Coconut Liqueur #SundaySupper

This week, for #SundaySupper we are sharing recipes for homemade gifts to give to family and friends for the holidays. I LOVE this theme and I cannot wait to read all the recipes that my fellow bloggers will share.  I am always on the lookout for new ideas.  Like every year, this year too I…

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Home-made Salted Caramel Liqueur

Home-made Salted Caramel Liqueur

If you follow Manu’s Menu, you will remember that I decided to start a little series on home-made liqueurs in the weeks before the holiday season.  The reason is simple: home-made liqueurs make the perfect Christmas gift, both on their own or as part of a Christmas hamper filled with different home-made goodies.  On the…

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Marsala Gelato with Pumpkin Sauce

Marsala Gelato with Pumpkin Sauce

Today’s recipe is inspired by the month of October.  I know I say this often, but to me getting used to what I still consider “reversed” seasons is almost impossible. So October is still autumn to me, even though down here we are in the middle of spring!  That is why, I decided that combining…

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Home-made White Chocolate Liqueur

Home-made White Chocolate Liqueur

Italians like to make things at home.  This includes tomato sauces and preserves, pasta, sausages and smallgoods and, of course, liqueurs.  Home-made things are better on so many levels.  For one thing, you know exactly what went into your food and then everyone knows that food prepared with love always tastes better.  I have always…

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Sweet Popcorn Snowballs

Sweet Popcorn Snowballs

I made these Sweet Popcorn Snowballs as part of the menu for my daughter’s 7th birthday party.  As the theme was Frozen, I thought having edible snowballs would be a fun idea.  These are easy to make and look quite nice.  You can make them for a winter themed buffet or save the recipe for…

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Parmigiano Reggiano Tarts with Cotechino

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO TARTS WITH COTECHINO

If you follow Manu’s Menu quite regularly, you will remember me saying that Italians always have cotechino for New Year’s Eve.  It is like having turkey for Thanksgiving… it’s a given and something that can never be missing from our table.  I have shared with you a few recipes for it during the years… from…

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Cotechino with mash potatoes

COTECHINO WITH ITALIAN MASH POTATOES

As the last post of the year, I had to share with you a cotechino recipe.  That’s because Italians always have at least one slice of cotechino on New Year’s Eve!  It’s a tradition that I love to keep alive even down under.  I often make my own cotechino (you can find my tutorial and…

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