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Carnival Italian Recipes


This is not your typical dense, heavy cheesecake that is made with cream cheese.

Using ricotta cheese gives the cake a fluffier and lighter texture!

Bocconotti translates to “mouthfuls” or “bites”.

This traditional half-moon- shaped cookie with a cake-like texture is filled with grape jam and chocolate.

In Neapolitan tradition, this lasagna was made for Mardi Gras, filled with various ingredients, the same ingredients that from Ash Wednesday were banned from the table during Lent.

With this recipe you can be part of my tradition, begin your own tradition and perhaps start your own family competition for generations to come.

A blender creates an extra smooth pie and mini chocolate chips give it an authentic cannoli touch.

The Italians have many versions of the Italian Easter pie.

My personal favorite has always been this simple, sweet creamy version that invariably filled my mother’s kitchen with an aroma that prompted our neighbors from their homes in order to follow the scent.

Graffe Napoletane are special Neapolitan doughnuts which were once prepared only for Carnival.

Nevertheless they became part of the local tradition, especially for breakfast.

Jam tarts are classic Italian desserts. Every home baker and her nonna has a favorite recipe, often incorporating homemade jam created with ripe fruit from the orto, or garden patch.

Known in Italy as “liar’s” cookies because when Mama made them and put them in the cookie jar, if the children took one or two out, Mama would know if any were gone because there would be a big mess from the powdered sugar.