Italian dessert recipes

Pannacotta to panettone, tiramisu to torta di riso, you can taste the love in these Italian dessert recipes.

Italian dessert recipes

 Pannacotta to panettone, tiramisu to torta di riso, you can taste the love in these Italian dessert recipes.

Torta di riso

Torta di riso

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

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.

Tiramisu gateau

Tiramisu gateau

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

Honey pannacotta with ginger-poached rhubarb

Honey pannacotta with ginger-poached rhubarb

The rhubarb and ginger both compliment the creaminess of this classic Italian dessert, which is perfect for a dinner party as it can be prepared well in advance.

Vanilla pannacotta with rhubarb

Vanilla pannacotta with rhubarb

A delightfully creamy, melt-in-the-mouth Italian dessert that will put a smile on your amour's face.

The perfect pannacotta

The perfect pannacotta

This pannacotta recipe is infused with vanilla and lemon and rose petal syrup and makes a fabulous summer pud

Passion fruit pannacotta

Passion fruit pannacotta

Passion fruit makes the perfect bright and refreshing contrast to this silky dessert recipe

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!

Low-fat tiramisu

Low-fat tiramisu

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

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.

Two Italian biscotti

Two Italian biscotti

These biscotti make a great home-made gift, and are delicious served with a sweet dessert wine (traditionally vin santo). They keep for three weeks in a sealed tin.

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.

Biscotti

Biscotti

Try these lovely Italian biscuits with a dash of Grand Marnier.

Lemon and lime granita

Lemon and lime granita

This frozen Italian dessert recipe has the tangy flavour of fresh lemons and limes - and hardly any calories.

Melon salad with grappa granita

Melon salad with grappa granita

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

Gin and tonic granita

Gin and tonic granita

Think posh Slush Puppie for adults and you've got the right idea for this sophisticated palate cleanser of a pud.

Individual cranberry and candied orange panettoni

Individual cranberry and candied orange panettoni

A recipe by Debbie Major for beautifully moist Italian Panettoni.

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

A decadent cake recipe strictly for the grown-ups, perfect for a lazy afternoon with friends and a large pot of tea.

Tiramisu with coffee chocolate crumble

Tiramisu with coffee chocolate crumble

A classic Italian dessert, this tiramisu recipe with a twist is topped with coffee chocolate crumble.

Chocolate tiramisu cake

Chocolate tiramisu cake

This Italian classic is a decadent hit of chocolate, coffee and almond.

Slimmed-down pannacotta

Slimmed-down pannacotta

We've über-slashed the cals for a lighter, different take on this much-loved traditional Italian pudding.

Venetian sgroppino

Venetian sgroppino

In Italy two things are called sgroppino: a cocktail and this pud – a mix of tart lemon ice cream, puréed strawberries and chilled sparkling wine. It’s sheer heaven on a hot day.

Amaretti tortoni with orange brandy snaps and raspberries

Amaretti tortoni with orange brandy snaps and raspberries

This quick, creamy dessert recipe is a cinch to make, and most of the work is done by your freezer.

Clemencello

Clemencello

This is just like the Italian lemon liqueur limoncello, but made with Christmassy clementines

Strawberry, Vin Santo and mascarpone trifle

Strawberry, Vin Santo and mascarpone trifle

This Italian trifle recipe is a bit more glam than the one granny used to make! The saltiness of the pistachios balances the sweetness nicely.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bellini granita

Bellini granita

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

Chocolate and panettone pudding

Chocolate and panettone pudding

If you've been inundated with panettone this Christmas, a chocolate and panettone pudding recipe is a great way to use it up. Practical and delicious.

Chocolate and orange baked risotto

Chocolate and orange baked risotto

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

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