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Whether you‘re looking for that perfect dessert to top off a dinner or want something special to take to a get-together, one of these four scrumptious Italian desserts is the answer!

Biscotti

One of the most popular Italian desserts is Biscotti.  Biscotti is a twice-baked biscuit cake.  The cake is made dry and crunchy by cutting the loaf of dough while it’s still hot.  Biscotti comes in many flavors, such as anise, white chocolate-macadamia, cranberry, gingerbread and espresso and is usually served with wine, coffee or tea.  Sound tempting?  Try this delicious Biscotti recipe.  

Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti                              

Ingredients:
1 Cup Shelled unsalted pistachio nuts
1 stick Unsalted butter, softened
1Egg
1 cup Sugar
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Spread the nuts on a cookie sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Cool. Using a [Link Removed], coarsely chop the nuts and set aside.
3. Using an electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter until blended. Beat in the egg and orange juice.
4.  In a different bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cocoa and salt.  Gradually add the dry  

     ingredients to the butter mixture.  Stir in the nuts.  Divide the dough in half, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
5. Butter 2 cookie sheets. Form each dough into a log and place on cookie sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
7.  Using a serrated knife, cut 3/4 inch diagonal slices.  Place the slices cut side down onto the cookie sheets and  bake 10-12 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Yields:  2 Dozen
Variations: In place of the cocoa and nuts, use fruit or espresso.

Trifle
Trifle is as beautiful as it tastes! Served in a clear glass bowl that has a pedestal, trifle is a layered dessert. Most trifles contain fruit. The top five most popular trifles include:
•chocolate cake, cherry pie filling, cool whip
•white cake, variety of berries, vanilla pudding, cool whip
•chocolate brownies, white chocolate pudding, sliced strawberries, cool whip
•chocolate cake, coffee liqueur, chocolate pudding mix, cool whip, crushed candy bars
•lemon pudding, fruit cocktail, wafer cookies, cool whip

Sorbet

Sorbet, also known as Italian ice, is a frozen dessert made with fresh fruit, water and sugar.  The ingredients are churned together to form a smooth consistency.  

It’s best to use ripen fruit and to add a teaspoon of lemon juice to bring out the flavors.  Sorbet can be served as is, or with a dollop of whipped cream or a splash of Champagne.  Sound good?  Pineapple Sorbet is simple to make and tastes wonderful!  

Pineapple Sorbet
Ingredients:
1/2 Pineapple, peeled and cored
9 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water

Directions:
1. Cut the pineapple into chunks.
2. Puree the pineapple, sugar, lemon juice and water until smooth.
3. Refrigerate the mixture for 2 hours.
4. Freeze in a [Link Removed] according to the manufacturer's instructions.
5.  Freeze in a covered container for 4 hours.

Yields:  3 servings
Variations: In place of pineapple, use any ripen fruit.

Italy produces some of the world’s most scrumptious desserts.  With just a few ingredients, you’ll be creating desserts that are truly irresistible!


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