The best Italian desserts

Pannacotta to panettone, tiramisu to torta di riso, you can taste the love in Italian puds. These recipes prove they're not all laden with calories or time-consuming to make either.

The best Italian desserts

Ready in less than 30 minutes

Italian trifle

Italian trifle

These trifles are naughty yet nice and can be made up to 2 hours in advance.

Apple and Grana Padano tartlets

Apple and Grana Padano tartlets

Cheese and apples love each other, and you'll be loved for serving up this pud.

Classic Italian affogato

Classic Italian affogato

Ready in 10 minutes, this Italian classic is so simple. Douse vanilla ice-cream in espresso coffee. The chocolate is optional.

Peach zabaglione

Peach zabaglione

This quick and easy recipe is a rich mix of peaches and eggs with a hint of Vin Santo or amontillado sherry.

 


Ready within an hour

Tiramisu gateau

Tiramisu gateau

A cake-like take on a traditional much-loved Italian pud.

Chocolate and orange baked risotto

Chocolate and orange baked risotto

Risotto is always savoury? Not necessarily, as this wonderful recipe shows.

Strawberry macaroons

Strawberry macaroons

These macaroons are little pink delights that are bursting with the flavour of strawberries. Make them for someone special.

Grana Padano and hazelnut cantuccini

Grana Padano and hazelnut cantuccini

Grana Padano cheese and hazelnut cantuccini are a sweet and savoury Italian biscotti, best served with a glass of Italian Vin Santo sweet dessert wine.

 


Over an hour

Chocolate and hazelnut panettone

Chocolate and hazelnut panettone

A great alternative to a traditional English fruitcake.

Amaretti baked pears with custard & yogurt ice cream

Amaretti baked pears with custard & yogurt ice cream

These delicious baked pears are served with a quick home-made ice cream for a luxurious Italian dessert.

White chocolate and pistachio pannacottas

White chocolate and pistachio pannacottas

This is a pannacotta recipe of real vanilla-scented white chocolate and pistachio nuts. It can also be set in a glass.

Torta di riso

Torta di riso

This delicious Italian-style cake is inspired by the British love of rice pudding.

Italian baked almond cheesecake

Italian baked almond cheesecake

A classic baked cheesecake recipe that's a perfect pud for entertaining. Add fresh raspberries or blueberries for a fruity version.

Double espresso chocolate tart

Double espresso chocolate tart

Chocolate and espresso work wonderfully together in this delicious tart recipe.

 


Low in fat and calories

Low-fat tiramisu

Low-fat tiramisu

Creamy fat-free soft cheese combines with dark espresso coffee to create this velvety, enticing Italian dessert.

Rice and ricotta ice cream

Rice and ricotta ice cream

Making your own ice cream is very satisfying; this recipe is a lighter Italian version so you can eat more!

Zabaglione with crushed amaretti biscuits

Zabaglione with crushed amaretti biscuits

Zabaglione is a light, foamy Italian dessert made by whisking eggs yolks, Marsala wine and sugar.

Bellini granita

Bellini granita

The timeless bellini cocktail beloved of Ernest Hemingway becomes a sensational dessert.

Melon salad with grappa granita

Melon salad with grappa granita

A pretty, refreshing and light Italian fruit dessert that's very low in calories.

 

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