Posted on Friday, 3rd May 2013 by Grace Massa Langlois

Chiacchiere, sweet pastry fried until crispy and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, is traditionally prepared for Italian Carnevale. These Venetian Fried Pastries or Italian fritters go by different names, Crostoli, Cenci, Bugie, Cioffe, Frappe, Fiochetti, Sfrappole, and Galani, depending on the region in which they are

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A photo of Chiacchiere on a white rectangle shaped serving dish.
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Posted on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 by Grace Massa Langlois

My sister, Connie, brought me not one, not two, but three delicious Italian treats in the past week, Lasagna, Cicerchiata (Italian Honey Balls) and these amazing Sweet Rolls, Pagnottini. Connie met me at the fabric store on one of my endless

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A cropped photo of Italian Pastry Buns arranged in a row on a white, rectangle-shaped dish.
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Posted on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

I threw my apron in the air and did a little victory dance after I pulled out my first tray of Amaretti. Finally, after all the failed attempts (too embarrassed to reveal how many), I was successful!  Sweet, soft and

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A photo of Italian Amaretti Cookies displayed on a white rectangular dish.
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Posted on Monday, 7th June 2010 by Grace Massa Langlois

Cannoli Siciliani has to be, in my opinion, the ultimate Italian pastry. The shells should be covered in bubbles to give you the most amazing crispy texture. The filling is absolutely divine! How could you go wrong with silky, whipped

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A close up photo of Cannoli Siciliani Pastries on a silver tray lined with white doilies.
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Posted on Wednesday, 21st April 2010 by Grace Massa Langlois

Cicerchiata is one of my favourite Italian desserts, so light and fluffy.  It has many names, Struffoli, Pignolata and Chiacchiere just to name a few, depending on the region you hail from. My family is from Monteferrante, a small town

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A close up photo of a light blue bowl containing cicerchiata, small sweet pastry balls coated with chocolate honey.
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