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Over the past few months the whole of the UK have been spending a lot more time at home and doing things that they might normally have done. This includes teaching their children from home, making a start on big garden makeovers and doing the work themselves and also a lot more cooking from scratch and baking. Being at home has given a lot of the time and opportunity to try new things, get creative and do things together as a family, which is never a bad thing.
It wasn’t that long ago that it seemed like everyone was fighting for that last packet of toilet roll, or getting upset because they couldn’t find their children’s favourite food anywhere. Unfortunately, while the supermarkets have been doing their best to keep everything in stock and on the shelves, baking supplies seem to be one of the hardest things to get hold of, even after a few months. I can’t say that I’ve seen self-raising flour in our local supermarket since at least the end of March.
With that in mind, I wanted to share some delicious Italian desserts from well-known TV chef Gino D’Acampo that don’t require any self-raising flour at all.
Aperol Blood Orange Sorbet
If you’re not the most experimental in the kitchen, or lack the confidence to make something complicated with lots of ingredients then Gino’s Aperol Blood Orange Sorbet could be a really good place to start. This recipe only asks for 3 ingredients and the preparation time is minimal, although it need quite a while in the freezer. Sorbet is perfect for a hot summer’s day but beware, this one is not suitable for children due to the alcohol content.
Pastiera: Baked Raspberry & Orange Cheesecake
I’m not sure I know many people who don’t love a cheesecake. Cheesecake is usually one of those safe desserts to choose if you’re not sure what someone likes. It’s one of those comforting desserts that can be made so many ways. Doing it the Italian way, the Pastiera: Baked Raspberry & Orange Cheesecake recipe is something Gino’s Grandfather used to make for Easter but personally, I think it would be great all year round. This Baked Raspberry & Orange Cheesecake should be soft and slightly bouncy but full of fruity flavour.
You can watch Gino making the Baked Raspberry & Orange Cheesecake on This Morning with Phil and Holly.
Torta Al Caffe: Coffee & Ricotta Tart
Sadly, we are not able to go out for meals in restaurants at the minute but that doesn’t meant that you can’t share a delicious meal at home with your partner instead. Date nights are looking very different at the minute and you might want something to follow your main course. Italians are known for being big fans of coffee so it’s no surprise that Gino has used this as an ingredient in one of his desserts. The Torta Al Caffe: Coffee & Ricotta Tart is a great, grown up dessert to try and coffee lovers will enjoy the dark chocolate, coffee and Baileys Liqueur ingredients. It’s a great dessert to share… although you might not want to!
If you like the look of these delicious desserts and fancy making some yourself, you can buy Gino’s bestselling books, along with many other discounted baking books, at The Works.
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