TBT Recipe: Black Pie or Torta Nero

  Earlier today I posted a review of Emilia Romagna, one of the books in the Time Life series Flavors of Italy. This dessert caught my eye. A thin pie or tort with a filling of coffee, cocoa and almonds. I would top my piece with whipped cream, or ice cream, but...
Tiramisu for You

Tiramisu for You

  Ordinarily, an exceptional dessert takes some effort. Surely some time. Except, I think, for this Italian classic: tiramisu. It is a snap to prepare and, if you have just some basic artistic/architectural skills, you can make it gloriously beautiful. We serve...
Lemon-Corneal Cakes with Torched Citrus Slices

Lemon-Corneal Cakes with Torched Citrus Slices

Ordinarily, I think of cornmeal for two reasons: lining a pan before baking and actually baking cornbread — either loaf or muffins. Here cornmeal is the essential ingredient in a lovely dessert. You don’t want to frost this cake. You want to garnish it with fruit and...