There’s a reason we all seek out our heavy duty ice cream scoop whenever life gets us down. That creamy deliciousness is refreshing and filling and full of hope. The softer, fluffier, more sophisticated gelato practically reaches out and hugs you when you’re trying to fill that emptiness deep down inside of you with cream and sugar. And it works every. single. time.
Simply put, gelato is the feel-good dessert of forever. That’s why I believe it is a year round dessert. In fact, I’ve learned to make gelato and ice cream myself, and this time of year my relatives
demand expect pumpkin and gingerbread varieties as often as possible. My devotion to gelato has had me thinking about Italian desserts. The truth is that other than gelato, I’m not the biggest fan of popular Italian sweets. I hate coffee, so tiramisu doesn’t do it for me. Some of the pastries are all right, but I’m not as devoted as others I know, who can’t miss a holiday or Sunday as an opportunity for sampling one (or six) of those babies.
Then, I started digging deeper and thinking about the everyday treats Italians enjoy that I was taking for granted. These are not the stars of the holiday feasts, but they are tasty and they show up often for breakfast or Sunday lunch. I realized most of the people outside of Italy – even Italian Americans – don’t really know or appreciate these desserts. That led me to write “4 Italian Desserts to Brighten Your Holiday Table” for the Our Paesani column on ItaliansRus. I thought, “Why not let these guys be the star of the show for once?” Indeed, they will be and you’ll be happier – and more fulfilled – after learning about them. Take it from me. These desserts made me realize I’m not an Italian desserts hater, after all.
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