Strawberries are one of the summer’s fabulous jewels, beloved by cooks for their luscious sweetness and vibrant scarlet color. Italian marketplaces are flooded with ripe strawberries between May and September, with many a punnet finding its way into delectable summer recipes.
Strawberries, in particular, lend themselves wonderfully to desserts, and their adaptability offers lots of opportunities for innovation when it comes to food selection. With that, here are some of the best strawberry-infused Italian pastries.
This is a quick and straightforward no-bake dessert. Fresh strawberries, mascarpone, and cream are used to make this dessert. Because there’s no coffee or alcohol in this dessert, it’s suitable for everyone. A true Italian classic!
Strawberry, Mascarpone, and Marsala Budini
These parfaits (or budini — Italian for “puddings”) of amazingly creamy mascarpone stacked with Marsala-soaked strawberries epitomize the Italian dessert style: effortless, not overly sweet, and exquisite.
This Strawberry Zabaglione (zah-habl-YOH-nay) has everything you could want for a luscious dessert, whether it’s for your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or a romantic supper at home for two: silky custard, red, luscious strawberries, and sweet Italian wine. If you think champagne is more romantic, substitute it for the Marsala wine, but the Marsala’s flavor is fuller.
Strawberry Panna Cotta
The panna cotta is an Italian dessert that’s ideal for entertaining. It’s both elegant and delicious, and you may make it ahead of time. The best part? This dessert is pretty simple to prepare. This treat takes only ten minutes to prepare and only five ingredients. You probably already have all of these in your kitchen.
This dish has two components: the cream mixture (milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin) and the fruit variation (strawberry puree to produce the strawberry flavor).
Many Italians, for sure, would say Cannoli as their favorite dessert! Cannoli are always the first treats to be eaten, whether filled with Italian Pastry Cream, the typical Ricotta filling, or even a basic Mascarpone Cream.
Cannoli originated in Sicily and were once produced for carnivals. Now, they’re created and marketed all across Italy and the world.
This strawberry affogato is a more sophisticated take on the typical Italian espresso and ice cream pour-over dish. Affogato means “drowning,” and while you may enjoy your gelato drowned in hot coffee, you’ll enjoy this adult version much more.
Mix more sparkling wine to make a delectable drink. You’ll enjoy the large bubbles formed by the fizz over ice cream, and you’re even free to experiment. For a romantic Valentine’s Day date, a strawberry affogato goes well with the fillo cherry blossoms.
White Chocolate Strawberry Biscotti
These strawberry and white chocolate biscotti are ideal for sharing (or making for yourself) on Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. These biscotti are deliciously crispy! They pair excellently with a cup of coffee or as a post-dinner treat.
Traditional gelato, which originated in Italy, utilizes more milk and less cream than ice cream (and sometimes no eggs whatsoever) and is churned more slowly, leaving the resulting gelato less frothy and light (and less fatty) than ice cream. Strawberry gelato is a dish worth tasting since it is thick, creamy, gently sweet, and incredibly indulgent.
Classic Strawberry-Marzipan Cake
This cake is eye-catching and vibrant, with white cake, red strawberries, and a green marzipan topping. There are several processes, and while the marzipan coating is simple to roll out and apply, you can omit it if you like.
This cake’s top is topped with a sheet of marzipan, which is an easy way to construct attractive, highly uniform, and professional-looking cakes. The standard color for marzipan is green; however, any color will suffice.
Who can say no to strawberry season? Strawberry desserts are exceptionally light and delicious. In Italian, semifreddo, which means “half-cold,” is a half-frozen or chilled dessert with meringue or whipped cream. The strawberry semifreddo, made with cream, Greek yogurt, and fresh strawberries, is a beautiful no-bake summer dessert.
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Do strawberries go well with cheese? Yes, especially if you count cream cheese. The Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is prepared with Italian crostata dough and a fluffy, almost mousse-like strawberry cheesecake filling. To make it even more perfect, top with fresh strawberries and a spoonful of whipped cream.
Neapolitan Ice Cream
Also known as Harlequin ice cream, Neapolitan ice cream is a dessert made of three distinct flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed side by side in the same container, usually with no packaging in between. Ice cream lovers will surely love this Italian treat.
This dish is a traditional Italian breakfast treat. It’s nothing short of magical when flaky pie crust rolled out and loaded with fresh strawberries meets an oven. The crisp and soft pastry is stuffed with luscious jam and served with a milky coffee for a delicious way to start the day.
This wonderfully sweet delicacy, served just pretty warm with globs of whipped cream swirls, elegantly exhibits strawberries. All that’s required is a panoramic view of the Italian countryside!