As a former pastry chef, I am constantly on the quest for beautifully crafted and tasty pastries and of course, gelato. What I saw and tasted in Sicily really wowed me and delivered an unexpected surprise. Very similar to beautiful French pastries, only using more of what mother nature locally provides, like pistachios, almonds and citrus, from this sunny island. I thought I’d share a few photos I took of the diversity of Sicilian pastries to make your mouth water or to perhaps inspire your next creations. Be sure to check out the photo captions for links, or use these, to learn how to make cannoli,semi freddo, marzipan, and brioche.
A Sicilian pastry classic, the cannoli. Click here to see how it’s made! Cannoli
Tempting Sicilian Candied Apples
Sicilian Apple Tarte and Brioche – to eat with granita!
Sicilian Watermelon Tarte (I’d never ever seen anything like this!)
Sicilian Stuffed Lemons
Sicilian SalAmone Cake – stunning!
Sicilian Mandorle (Almond) Semi Freddo Click here to see how to make Semi Freddo
Sicilian Chocolate Cakes Almondine
Sicilian Cake Sveva. So gorgeous!
The perfect Sicilian Croissant!
Sicilian Drumsticks. I always wanted to go back to get one but never made it. Next time!
Sicilian brioche. The color says it all! Here’s my recipe for Brioche!
Marzipan – a Sicilian classic. Here’s a great story on the history and making of this elegant confection. Sicilian Marzipan
Sicilian Coffee & Pistachio Gelato
Proud Sicilian Signore Gelato!
Sicilian Panna Cotta Cake with Berries. So sweet!
Sicilian Festive Semi Freddo
Did you see something that inspired you? Some of these pastries are truly imaginative! I think a Semi Freddo will be my weekend project!
“All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination.”