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a golden brown lattice-topped strawberry crostata di marmellata with scallop cutouts on top of the lattice and a piece removed from the pie tin

Easy Italian Strawberry Crostata (Crostata di Marmellata di Fragole)

This super delicious Italian strawberry crostata recipe is one of our favorite desserts to eat (or buy from our local pasticceria. But it’s so easy to make you don’t have to live in Italy to enjoy it! In fact, this strawberry dessert is an excellent recipe for beginner bakers and […]

Crostata with lattice top and heart cutouts on a grey linen apron.

Crostata di Marmellata (Authentic Italian Jam Tart w/Video)

Crostata di Marmellata is one of our favorite Italian desserts to eat here in Italy and lucky for us, you can find them just about anywhere! There are two components in this recipe for crostata: ‘pasta frolla’ (a forgiving easy-to-make rich and crumbly shortcrust pastry) and jam. But don’t let the simplicity […]

a stack of six berry pumpkin pancakes with melting butter on top, maple syrup surrounding it.

Fluffiest Blueberry Pumpkin Pancakes With Pecans (With Video)

These crispy-edged light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes are packed with a trio of juicy berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) and toasted pecans, topped with butter, and drizzled with pure maple syrup for a total fall breakfast win. These blueberry pumpkin pancakes are the perfect recipe to use up leftover canned […]

Golden brown dark chocolate covered banana bread after just baking in a loaf pan

How to Make the Best Ever Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This super easy homemade chocolate chip banana bread recipe is so tender it almost eats like cake. One of my most requested recipes on the blog, this is the best of both worlds — high-quality Lindt dark chocolate and my (most tender ever) classic banana bread.  If you’re looking for […]

Torta Di Mela (Easy & Delicious Italian Apple Cake)

This simple Italian Apple cake is a perfect way to use those crisp, fall apples you picked last weekend (or any apples that happen to be in season right now). It’s sweet, super tender, buttery, and full of apple flavor in every bite. As always, I’ve included step-by-step recipe photos […]

a single fluffy cinnamon roll on a dessert plate with the pan of cinnamon rolls visible in the background

Mom’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls (Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever)

This easy homemade cinnamon roll recipe is made 100% from scratch (and we happen to think they’re the best cinnamon rolls ever).  Anyone who knew my Mom also knew her locally-famous cinnamon rolls. These buttery, fluffy-soft, ooey-gooey cinnamon-swirled sweet rolls were some of the first items to be snatched up […]

closeup of a bluerry pumpkin muffin with toasted pumpkin seed crunch baked on top.

Bakery-Style Pumpkin Spice Blueberry Muffins (No-Mixer Needed)

Plump ripe blueberries have never tasted better than paired with delicious pumpkin spice muffins. In fact, this is now our new favorite way to eat them. This muffin recipe is based on my 97-year-old Granny’s vintage pumpkin bread recipe which is incredibly moist and delicious. And the best part — […]

a serving platter with a hot stack of pumpkin pancakes with melting butter, toasted chestnuts and covered with maple syrup and a wedge cut out to see the fluffy layers.

Best Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes (With Video)

This homemade pumpkin pancake recipe is without a doubt one of our all-time favorite pancakes to eat — super fluffy, crispy buttery-edged, and topped with melted butter, roasted chestnuts, and drizzled with pure maple syrup. These buttermilk pumpkin pancakes are pure heaven and perfectly pumpkin-spiced! They’re also a great way […]

4 pumpkin spice muffins with toasted chopped pumpkin seeds on top in a muffin tray

Best Bakery Style Pumpkin Spice Muffins (No-Mixer Needed)

This no-fail classic pumpkin spice muffin recipe is based on my 96-year-old Granny’s vintage pumpkin bread recipe which is super moist and delicious — and the best part is that it requires no mixer at all, just a bowl and a fork. They’re topped off with toasted pumpkin seed crunch […]

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Bread with walnut slices on a pink marble serving tray

Pumpkin Walnut Bread (Super Moist & No Mixer Needed)

This no-fail pumpkin walnut pumpkin bread recipe is based on my now 97-year-old Granny’s recipe which is super moist and delicious. You don’t need a mixer to make this pumpkin spiced bread — just a bowl and a fork. This bakery-style vintage pumpkin bread is perfect for fall baking including […]

Moist pumpkin bread sliced on a platter with toasted pumpkin seeds on top.

Granny’s Pumpkin Bread (One Bowl-No Mixer)

This pumpkin bread is super moist and delicious and requires no mixer at all! Passed down to my Mom from my now almost 98-year-old Granny, this easy pumpkin bread recipe is still one of my family’s all-time favorite fall and Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts to make. Not a fan of pumpkin […]

pumpkin spice banana bread loaf after being baked (setting on top of a vintage venetian tray)

Moist Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread w/Toasted Pumpkin Seed Crunch

This easy moist pumpkin spice banana bread is the best of both worlds, especially for anyone who can’t wait for pumpkin spice season to start. Fragrant (overly ripe) bananas and homemade pumpkin pie spice flavor these tender loaves with just the right amount of warm spice and intense banana flavor […]

top down view of chocolate chip banana bread on a pink marble serving tray (two pieces cut and the remaining loaf at the end)

Best Ever Milk Chocolate Chip-Coconut Banana Bread Recipe

If you’re looking for a bakery-style chocolate chip banana bread recipe this one satisfies every kind of chocolatey banana craving you might be having.  I’ve used our classic banana bread cake recipe for the base and thrown in some mini milk chocolate chips and topped it with freeze-dried coconut flakes […]

delicious sliced banana nut bread on a cutting board

Easy and Moist Pistachio-Pecan Banana Nut Bread

Piistachio-pecan banana bread is full of crunchy toasted pecans and topped with freeze-dried Sicilian pistachios to add a delicious nutty surprise to our all-time favorite classic banana bread recipe. For those of you who have already made this (super moist) banana bread you know that adding nuts could only ever […]

Best Ever Colomba French Toast (Italian Easter Bread French Toast)

This weekend French Toast recipe starts with a delicious homemade strawberry-apricot white chocolate Italian Easter Colomba that soaks in a silky vanilla bean custard and gets cooked in butter until golden brown. We always make enough Colomba that we have leftovers for brunch. We usually even freeze a few slices […]