Torta Caprese, a Classic Italian Chocolate and Almond Cake

Despite the terror – it’s real – of travelling along it, the road that sweeps along the Amalfi coast is simply beautiful. To one side is the glittering Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the other sit the mountains with their high terraces of ancient lemon groves. The light is clear and white….

San Marino Bustrengo, a Festive Apple, Fig and Polenta Cake

This is a traditional dessert  from the not-so-humbly named ‘The Most Serene Republic of San Marino’ – Republica Serenissima – one of the world’s smallest and oldest republics which, though not technically part of Italy, is surrounded by Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche regions near the Adriatic Sea making it an easy day trip from Florence…

Mallorcan Orange, Almond and Fig Cake

So many of you have asked for the recipe for this super moist gluten-free Mallorcan orange, almond and fig cake which often features on my restaurant menu. It is inspired by the miles and miles of fragrant blossoming orange and almond trees we passed by as we travelled via the extraordinary antique train – El Tren…

Basque Country Apple Tart

This recipe is inspired by the generously filled apple tarts and pies that, during the autumn months, hit the bars and restaurants of the Basque Country where the terrain is given over to orchards for cider making. Awareness of Spain’s crisply tangy sidra is relatively low in the UK but, like everything else related to fermentation and brewing, it’s catching on fast. I for…

Greek White Peach & Orange Blossom Spoon Sweets (Gliko Koutaliou Rodakino)

When I was a little girl, I had a babysitter named Barbara. She fell in love with a Greek musician called Costa who used to feed me and my little brother a style of preserved fruit originating from the Byzantine kitchen that is traditionally served as a gesture of hospitality in Greece, Turkey and the Balkans, usually on special…

Jaffa Orange Blossom-infused Labneh

In his book, 88 Short Stories, the writer Guy de Maupassant wrote, ‘Did you ever sleep in a field of orange trees in bloom? The air which one inhales deliciously is a quintessence of perfumes. This powerful and sweet smell, as savoury as a sweetmeat, seems to penetrate one, to impregnate, to intoxicate, to induce languor, to bring…