At the heart of this cookbook lies a deep and enduring love for Italian culture and its legendary cuisine. We embark on a culinary journey where Chef Pasqualina shares time-honored recipes and cherished traditions, seeking to inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world. When one thinks of Italy, art, culture, fashion, and architecture come to mind, but perhaps nothing embodies the spirit of Italy quite like its food, especially its desserts. Italian desserts have a rich history dating back to ancient Rome, where honeyed cakes and fruit dishes were relished. Over the centuries, these delectable treats have evolved into a fine art – decadent, flavorful, and classic.
In Italy, desserts are more than just sweet indulgences; they are an art form, a vocation, and an integral part of history and tradition. Rooted in passion, emotion, and sentiment, the preparation of Italian desserts is a truly magical experience. Each dessert tells a story, evoking memories and special moments of life through all our senses – sight, smell, taste, and touch. Just as the country’s cuisine varies by season and region, so do its desserts, each region boasting its own specialty and recipe.
When family and friends gather for a meal in Italy, they linger around the table, savoring every bite and sip, cherishing life’s simple pleasures. And, of course, there’s always room for ‘dolce’ or dessert at the end, concluding the evening on a sweet note without guilt or hesitation. In gluten-free baking, each ingredient plays a vital role in creating the structure, flavor, and color of the final dessert. Make one small change and the entire recipe can be transformed. After countless trials and much laughter, Pasqualina, with the help of her family, successfully converted some of their favorite traditional family desserts into
In this cookbook, will find our family’s traditional dessert recipes such as:
- Struffoli Napoletani (Honey Balls)
- Pastiera Napoletana (Easter Pie)
- Mostaccioli and Roccocó, two popular Christmas Sweets of the Campania Region
- Baba al Rum (Rum Babá)
- Zeppole di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Cream Filled Pastries
and so much more!
In addition to our recipes, Pasqualina provides valuable information on glutenfree flours, starches, binders, and leaveners, as well as her top 10 pantry items for Italian desserts. You’ll also find gluten-free baking tips, guidance on reading food labels, and what to look for. Each recipe has been lovingly passed down from one generation to the next, with each one holding a unique story that is close to her heart.
Our mission is clear: “Bring Happiness Back To the Table,” for we believe that the table is where magic happens. It’s where love, affection, warmth, memories, storytelling, and laughter are shared, all while enjoying the sweet pleasures of life.
Chef Pasqualina embarked on a personal mission to transform cherished family authentic Italian desserts into gluten-free delights, and this endeavor has blossomed into a vibrant celebration of flavors and colors that she now shares with the world. Her dedication stemmed from a heartfelt desire to ensure that no one would be dripped of the sweet taste of these beloved Italian treats. But let us not forget that the true essence of food extends far beyond its ingredients or techniques; it lies in the love, memories, and connections it creates.
We’re excited to share these cherished and authentic recipes, thoughtfully transformed into gluten-free alternatives. May the flavors and stories within these pages not only satisfy your taste buds, but also create moments of joy and lasting memories. From our family to yours, because desserts are the fairytales in the kitchen, and if there’s anything that brings happiness back to the table, it’s definitely desserts!