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Desserts of History

It didn’t seem appropriate to leave our little jaunt of Italy without mentioning the amazing desserts that this country has given the world! One of the oldest bakeries in the world is in Genova, Italy. It’s been around since the 1700’s and is still well known for its candied fruit and rose syrup. Of course, the ancient Romans set the trend with their love of honey, fruit, nuts and even cake!

Italian sweets, like most European sweets, are not actually overly sweet. Often using dried fruit, fresh fruit, alcohol, spices, cream and honey in their desserts allows the natural flavors to come through and be enjoyed. But Italians don’t mind indulging in a really good dessert. And just like their pasta and bread and heavy sauces, their desserts are rich without being too much. And they are made with just as much care.

For dessert, Italy has given us:

  • Tiramisu
  • Rum Baba
  • Cannoli
  • Biscotti
  • Panna Cotta
  • Gelato
  • Crostata
  • Semifreddo
  • Panettone
  • Amaretti
  • Granita

Among others! 🙂

Perhaps the best known of the desserts on the list outside of Italy are tiramisu and gelato. Tiramisu is a fairly recent invented dessert from the 1960s or 70s. And gelato, which is the Italian word for “frozen”, is much, much older. Believed to have been invented in Florence, gelato is the lighter cousin of ice cream as it contains more milk than cream.

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