Peanut Butter Tiramisù + Blog’s 10th Birthday!
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
I can hardly believe it myself, but – this month marks 10 years of Pancakes & Biscotti (!) or a whole decade of writing, cooking, baking, photographing, and overall blogging. My first ever post (these pancakes, naturally) feels like lightyears ago. I was 25, a brunette, and making less than EUR 1000 a month while living in a dingy apartment. Where has the time gone?! I launched P&B for a couple of reasons, initially. I wanted a creative outlet to break up the monotony of my day job; I was experiencing my first ever heartbreak following the end of a relationship and wanted a distracti ..read more
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Sicily - Spring 2024
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesca Bruzzese
2M ago
As I publish this post, I am fully aware that it is Tuesday, a day of the week when memories of the weekend are still fresh (sigh!) and Friday seems impossibly distant (double sigh!) If you too are experiencing the Tuesday-blues: allow me to briefly transport you to Sicily, or more specifically Catania with a touch of Taormina and Siracusa. I was lucky enough to travel there earlier this month along with my sister, my friend Jeff (we go all the way back to our college days), and his lovely husband, Brenden. I’ll get right to it: Sicily is arguably the most stunning region in a spectacular co ..read more
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Obsessive Ricotta Cheesecake
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
To perhaps no one’s surprise at all: Italy has you covered when it comes to Easter sweets. (I mean really: has Italy ever not delivered on its holidays, gastronomically speaking?!) There’s the dove-shaped, sugar-almond crusted, yeasted cake known as colomba, hailing from Lombardy. There are the oversized, luxe chocolate easter eggs – uova di pasqua – generally meant for children, but still truly appealing even when you’re well into your 30s (I can attest to this). And then there’s my favorite: the subset of dolci pasquali that are made with ricotta. There’s the Neapolitan ricotta-grain pie th ..read more
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Pasta al forno pancetta e piselli
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
There’s always something special about a dish of pasta — it is, after all, the Best Food To Ever Exist in my book — but I think we can all agree that there’s something particularly alluring about a baked pasta. This, for a couple of reasons: a baked pasta (pasta al forno in Italian, which translates to pasta cooked in the oven) usually implies cheese, and lots of it. It boasts a crisp, broiled interior, can be baked in one dish, serves a crowd, and overall makes everyone happy. And: did I mention cheese? Has anything ever not been significantly improved by a good grating of cheese? I usually ..read more
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Polpette alla cacciatora
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
Ever since baking this Torta caprese al cioccolato bianco, I haven’t quite been able to press pause on my Italian-recipe-shake-up-brainstorm. Reminiscent of the Ice Cream marathon of 2009 and the Great Waffle Marathon of 2016, my musings have led to all sorts of ideas that may offend Italians as I revisit their classic dishes (scusatemi in anticipo). If all goes well and I get the recipe right soon, you can expect a tiramisù al burro d’arachidi (aka a peanut butter tiramisù: the perfect fusion of USA and Italy) and before that, as in today: these polpette alla cacciatora (perhaps a bit less c ..read more
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Torta caprese al cioccolato bianco
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
One of my very first food memories in Italy harkens all the way back to 2003, when I was 14 years old. It was a scorching August evening, at a restaurant somewhere in Calabria. I can’t remember what I ordered, but I do know that my brother opted for spaghetti allo scoglio, i.e spaghetti with lots shellfish. Before digging in, he reached for the little bowl of Parmesan at the table — an acceptable garnish for pasta, or so he thought. No sooner had his hand reached the parmigiano, the nearest waiter promptly swatted it away, scolding him in rapid Italian. Neither my brother or I spoke any Itali ..read more
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Chocolate Orange Mascarpone Mousse
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
In my last post for pizza di scarola, I mentioned the value of having sources for consistently delicious, no-fail recipes. Fellow home cooks and bakers know what I mean: in a world saturated with culinary content (TikTok! Instagram!) sometimes its hard to know where to look for recipes that go beyond just a pretty photo or catchy reel, and that truly work. A word of advice in this regard: make a Letitia Clark recipe, and you’ll never be disappointed. In case you’re not familiar: Letitia is a writer/artist/chef/baker who moved from London to Sardinia in 2017 and, like any good foodie, promptl ..read more
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Pizza di Scarola
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesca Bruzzese
2M ago
In my many years of baking and cooking, there are a few culinary heroes I’ve always looked up to. There’s the OG, Deb Perelman, whose incredibly successful blog Smitten Kitchen — created all the way back in 2005 — was the first blog I ever followed and the earliest example of food writing that I was ever exposed to. There’s the legendary Julia Child, who moved to Paris and discovered cooking at the age of 36 (it’s never too late to find your passion!) and who published the anthology known as The Art of French Cooking, singlehandedly bringing French cuisine to the U.S. There’s Rome’s own Carla ..read more
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New Favorite Places to Eat in Rome - 2024
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesca Bruzzese
2M ago
As much as I love developing recipes and cooking for the blog, I recognize that lots of readers — Rome-based expats and visitors alike — are always hungry for restaurant suggestions. After over a decade living in Rome, I have a list of tried-and-tested recommendations, an ever evolving document that is periodically updated as I eat my way through the capital. Sharing my new favorites seems especially fitting in light of the new year, too — make it your 2024 resolution to try them all? So! Here’s a compilation of some of my newly discovered, instantly beloved places to eat in Rome. Note that t ..read more
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Lentil & Mushroom Ragù
Pancakes and Biscotti
by Francesa Bruzzese
2M ago
I don’t take the inaugural post of a new year lightly — it’s a big deal to be the recipe that opens l’anno nuovo — and thus gave this one careful thought. What are you readers looking to make and eat in January 2024? After all, it’s a month in which we’re still recovering from holiday indulgences, some of us have resolved to eat more healthfully, and a few of us are even partaking in the dairy-and-meat-free jumpstart that is Vegan January. In short — many considerations were made when deciding which recipe would kick off my 10th (!!!) year of blogging, all of which led me straight to this Len ..read more
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