Our Top Three Italian Desserts

If there is one thing that is always very ‘sweet’ about finishing a great meal in Italy, it is without a doubt dessert. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve eaten previously, there is always room for a ‘dolce’ and while in Tuscany, it isn’t a land that is obsessed with sweets like other regions. We have a few favorites that constantly are favorites among the guests in our olive oil restaurant in the Mugello Valley.

The ‘King’ Of The Kitchen, Tiramisu

The mainstay of any menu in Italy, and originating in Italy’s northern regions (Piedmont, Veneto – there is some debate on this), in the 1960’s at a restaurant called “Le Beccherie”.  This simple, tasty dessert consists of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, and finally topped with sprinkling of cocoa. It quite aptly means ‘pick me up’ in Italian and we certainly agree that a bit of it does exactly that.



Olive Oil Chocolate Souffle

At our restaurant, we try and create dishes based around our extra-virgin olive oil, which is what our resort is centered around. One of top desserts, and a personal favorite if I’m honest, is this delectable chocolate souffle made with olive oil. The taste is like no-other, and we can’t give away our recipe so you’ll have to come and try it for yourself.



Fresh Fruit Tart – Adaptable To Any Season

Yet another classic favorite in Italy that can be easily adapted to any season. A fresh fruit tart is a wonderful ending to a long meal, and is a guest favorite. The hardest part is making the dough, but once that is done, you can fill it with fresh custard and then to with your favorite seasonal fruits. One of our favorite recipes comes from food writer Emiko Davies, a blackberry and marscapone concoction. Or this one made with lemon curd from Jul’s Kitchen.



To browse other recipes from our kitchen, check out this new section on our site. 

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