There is nothing more comforting than the sweet smells of a cake cooking in the oven. It fills the house with a promise of something special, comfort and love. So too is there joy in baking. In a world where everything is fast paced and people are time poor, baking can be therapeutic and calming. It's not like the necessity of having to get dinner on the table each night.
Baking is done simply for pleasure, and there is as much satisfaction in donning an apron and whiling away in the kitchen to bake a cake, tart or a batch of biscuits, as there is in eating them. Italians are renown for their abundant and generous approach to cooking. Food is always made to share. The act of baking something sweet is always done with an intention of sharing with others. Italian baking is mostly homely, rustic, generous and bold, but their delicate pastries and bite-size treats are a great way to serve a sweet little of this and that at the end of a meal without overindulging.
This book is full of recipes designed to showcase the beautiful and diverse range of sweet Italian baking. From biscuits and cakes, to rustic tarts, decadent chocolate, fruity treats and amazing pastries, to incredible show stopping celebratory cakes there is a recipe here for every occasion. Some are traditional, others are modern day twists on the classics. All are delicious and easy to make.
Make these treats for special times, when you want to celebrate with others, to share and connect in the kitchen with your children on the weekend, to make someone feel better, or just because you need to switch off, relax and bake for your own sanity after a hectic week.
As Italians have been doing for centuries, enjoy all of life's pleasures in moderation. Baking something delicious gives pleasure to others, makes fond memories and is good for your soul. It's the sweet life.
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