When traveling avidly around Italy it is very easy to take in the breath taking countryside or city sights of Italian life. Italian food is renowned the worldwide. The Italian dessert is almost sinful to the palette due to its enriched with gastronomical pleasure inducing experience.
While Italian chocolate has been historically one of the unrivaled dessert pleasures of Italy for decades, it is in stiff completion with of favorites like the Italian Cookies and Biscotti. The Spaniards may have induced chocolate to Europe according to historians, but the Italians have since made it there own. In the heart of Tuscany also known as “Chocolate Valley” and Turin, chocolatiers are pushing the chocolate envelope to new heights of chocolate edible pleasure. This is especially great news for all chocolate lovers all over the world.
Famous Italian chocolates Baci is a dark chocolate “kiss” filled with hazelnuts and hazelnut creme from Perugia. There is even the long standing chocolate drink which appeased the chocolate lover in drink form before there was ever a solid piece of chocolate as we know it today. This delightful chocolate drink of old is called the Bicerin. It consists of layers of chocolate, espresso and cream. The recipe for this mouthwatering chocolate drink has not changed since it was first introduced in the very Turin cafes in 1763. Another Italian chocolate favorite continues to be Nutella. This chocolate and hazelnut spread is famously used in breakfast foods and dessert fillings that are now available worldwide.
Biscotti and Italian Cookies
Italian Cookies and Biscotti can be found in every Italian bakery throughout Italy in an assortment of flavours and shape. While the Italian Cookie is generally sweet the Biscotti tends to be somewhat bitter. The bitter tasting Biscotti go perfectly with a glass or bottle of red wine if you prefer. This dessert if considered in other parts of the world to be a gourmet dessert, but for the real thing stick with an Italian made biscotti for an authentic taste. As the Biscotti are so hard in consistency they are best eaten by first dunking it into a glass of local red wine before attempting to take a bit just to be on the safe side.
The Italian city of Treviso is said to be the mastermind behind this amazingly appeasing to the palette Italian dessert treasure called Tiramisu. This is a claim that not surprising is disputable according to storytelling and history. Nonetheless, the Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian desserts today. It consists of lady finger cookies, espresso, and liquor, eggs, and cocoa and mascarpone cheese for a delicious layered creation.
For a more traditional Italian Holiday dessert try the sweetbread called Panforte which consists of a thick mixture of almonds candied fruit sweetened, honey and spices. This is an Italian Christmas dessert favorite. Today you can find a less thick and less heavy version of the Panforte that is just as good as the original sweetbread. This sweetbread comes in two flavours which are the sweet Panforte Margherita and the bitter Panforte Nero. Both are advisable to be better enjoyed with a glass of sweet dessert wine.
Photo of tiramisu originally posted by Kanko*