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Italian Easter Dessert Recipes
and Italian Easter Traditions

Italian Easter dessert recipes are a creative mix of tradition, symbolism, light textures and decadent tastes. Each region in Italy has its own specialty desserts, so you'll have to travel widely (at least with your palate if not your whole self!) to understand the entire myriad of Easter desserts available in Italy.
Here on this page, you'll find wonderful recipes for Italian Pears Stuffed with Gorgonzola & Glazed Walnuts, and a great recipe for Italian Ricotta Easter Pie. Or you can find a to-die-for version of Italian Pastiera right here!


Traditional Italian Easter Desserts

For a taste of Italian Easter in your own home, look for favorite Italian types of sweets including:

Italian Easter Cookies

At Easter-time in Italy, cookies like the light and airy meringue are very popular. For an added after dinner touch, try making a coffee or chocolate-espresso meringue. Almond biscotti, a twice baked cookie perfect for dipping in after dinner drinks, is also a fun Italian Easter dessert recipe, because it gives your guests the chance to play with their food a little!

Italian Easter Pastries and Breads

Pastries abound in Italian desserts --for Easter, too!-- including the iconic cannoli (a cream stuffed pastry shell) and the layered chocolate, liquor and cake pastry known as tiramisu. Italian sponge cake is a light finish to a large meal, especially when topped with fruit and flavored syrup. The fresher and more spring-y your flavors, the better your Italian Easter dessert recipe will be.

Breads are very popular in Italy and have a lot of symbolism-- they're some of the most popular Italian Easter dessert recipes you can find. Different seasonal breads are probably the most famous Italian Easter tradition! In one version, whole eggs are baked into loaves and sometimes shaped as small figures holding whole egg gifts as good luck. In another, Colomba Pasquale, sweet bread made with candied fruit, is baked in the form of a peaceful dove. Rosemary Buns are sold after Easter Mass and represent Jesus and the scented anointing oils.

Italian Easter Fruits, Nuts, and Grains

Some Italian Easter dessert recipes don't require any cooking at all. Fresh fruit is a popular dessert any time of year in Italy. But it can also be found in tarts, fried pies and whole with cheeses.

Rice even makes an appearance in Italian Easter dessert recipes to make Black Easter Rice. This rice is made by mixing rice with milk, bitter chocolate, bitter cocoa, candied fruit, orange zest, and spices.

Italian cooking has a deep connection to almonds and these nuts are frequent additions to cake batters, pastry tops and fillings. Almonds are related to plums and go well with fruity flavors. These short trees bloom around Easter.

Pears Stuffed with Gorgonzola & Glazed Walnuts

Pears with Gorgonzonla Cheese
Really good ingredients and simple preparation are often hallmarks of Italian cuisine. This simple make ahead Easter dessert or appetizer recipe can be made with a handful of ingredients and will really brighten up your Easter table.

You can also sub pecans for the recipe, if you like. Serves 4.

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Ingredients:
4 ripe pears
1 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh squeezed
3 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
Walnuts roasted with honey (homemade or purchased), chopped
High quality honey

Instructions: 1. Cut the pears in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and a small amount of pear.

2. Lightly brush lemon juice on each cut pear to prevent browning.

3. Cream the Gorgonzola cheese and butter together. One alternate for this recipe is to add 1-2 ounces of ricotta cheese instead of butter to cream with the cheese. For a rustic touch simply use crumbled Gorgonzola without mixing it.

4. Place small dollops of the cheese and butter mixture on the hollowed out pears.

5. Top the pears with roasted walnuts.

6. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Drizzle with honey for extra sweetness.


Fiadone (Ricotta Pie) Italian Easter Dessert Recipe

Easter Fiandone Pie Recipe
Fiadone, a wonderful and very rich ricotta cheese pie, is a famous Italian Easter tradition. Texture-wise, it's somewhere between a cheesecake and a cheese pie... and though it's not very sweet, a small slice goes a very long way.

Be sure to use really good ricotta for this Italian Easter dessert recipe-- it's worth splurging on. Serves 10.

Looking for a slightly sweeter Ricotta pie? Try my recipe for Pastiera!

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Ingredients:
16 oz. good-quality whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 C. whipping cream
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1 (8-inch) homemade pie crust, unbaked

Instructions: 1. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar to the eggs and beat to combine.

2. Add ricotta cheese and cream and blend well. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. The optional vanilla can be added here.

3. Pour mixture into homemade pie crust and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour, or until firm when tested with a knife.

4. This ricotta pie is a cousin of the cheesecake and can be served with fruits or plain.


Making any Easter Dessert Italian

If you are hesitant about baking Italian desserts, try adding a rich Italian pastry cream to standard recipes. Italian pastry cream is lightly sweet and works perfectly with layered pastry dough. Add chocolate into this cream and you've a great topping or dessert dip. There are thousands of Italian Easter dessert recipes out there, and most of them will offer you a rich history as well as a celebration of the symbolism of Easter.


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