Banana Pear Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips

April 14, 2014
Banana Pear Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips|  Cake Duchess

It is Easter week and we are getting prepared to bake incredible Easter breads and Italian desserts. I love to bake layers cakes, yeast bread recipes and pies. Especially special breads and pies for the holidays. For the rest of the days when I’m craving a not too sweet dessert, you will find me baking […]

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Black and White Sunday-Taormina, Sicily

April 13, 2014
Taormina, Sicily | Cake Duchess
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Orange Poppy-Seed Cake- {Ciambella ai Semi di Papavero all’Arancia}

April 7, 2014

Way back when I didn’t know any thing about food blogs, I used to only refer to my cooking magazines for inspiration and ideas. This orange poppy-seed cake is one of those early recipes that was just a staple in my kitchen. I normally made the lemon version. It just had this tangy sweetness that […]

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Black and White Sunday – Bellagio, Italy

April 6, 2014
Bellagio, Italy | Cake Duchess
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Judy Witts Francini and the flavors of Sicily!

April 5, 2014
Judy Witts Francini | Savoring Italy

Many of my readers know that my father was Sicilian and my heart has a very special place for Sicily! How incredibly lucky was I to have an opportunity to chat not only once but twice with my dear friend Judy Witts Francini while she was recently traveling around Sicily.   In our two podcasts, […]

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A Day with a Calabrian Butcher

April 3, 2014
A Day with a Calabrian Butcher | Savoring Italy

It’s not often that I hear my husband talk about somebody from Calabria that makes his own sausages here in south Florida. It’s a rare occasion to hear of a sausage maker from anywhere around here, really. Fabrizio was recently telling me about his new friend that he met through his chef Andrea at the […]

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Sicilian Orange Sweet Bread -Pane di Pasqua #TwelveLoaves

April 1, 2014
Sicilian orange sweet bread | Cake Duchess

When another challenge for #TwelveLoaves comes around, I’m always a little nervous. Maybe not nervous, but sort of anxious. I sometimes think I know exactly what to bake and it involves yeast. I also sometimes think I’m really going to go the much easier route and do a non-yeast bread. I am in love with […]

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Savoring Italy – For the Love of Italy!

March 6, 2014
Roma | Savoring Italy

Many of my readers know I’m obsessed with everything Italian. My father was Italian (Sicilian, to be exact), my husband is Italian (born near Como). I’ve lived all over Italy. We spend summers there. The food is outrageous. The people are amazing. The art…the history. Well, there is too much to talk about in this […]

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Strawberry Bagels – #TwelveLoaves

March 4, 2014
strawberry bagel | cakeduchess

I don’t know why one of my most favorite breads isn’t baked more often here. Possibly because of the planning involved in making bagels. Now that strawberry bagels have been baked, this won’t be the last time they will be seen in my kitchen! Because they are AMAZING!! I have shared a couple bagel posts […]

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Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

February 24, 2014
fresh strawberry yogurt cake | cakeduchess

I suppose it is pretty nice to wake up to a slice of fresh strawberry yogurt cake. I suppose it is pretty nice to have a slice when it’s right out of the oven with a hot cup of coffee. I suppose I should admit that is pretty much what’s happened here the last couple […]

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