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Italian dessert recipes

Get a taste of la dolce vita with our classic Italian bakes and puddings, including creamy tiramisu, panna cotta and orange polenta cake. Bellissimo!

174 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This super-simple Italian dessert actually benefits from being made ahead, allowing all the lovely flavours to mingle

30 mins
Easy
116 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Give your dessert an Italian flavour with this moist and fruity polenta cake

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
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15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Crunchy Italian amaretti biscuits and almond liqueur are the key in this baked creamy pudding

55 mins
Easy
7 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

A super-simple way to try out Italian amaretti biscuits

15 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Savour the flavour of this heavenly Italian apricot fool

40 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Take the stress out of entertaining with this sophisticated, make-ahead dessert

6 hrs
More effort
5 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Learn how to make cannoli with our easy-to-follow recipe. A classic Italian pastry with a crisp shell and creamy, sweet ricotta filling, it's a moreish treat

1 hr and 10 mins
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13 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Treat your guests with this stunning summer dessert, perfect for al fresco dinner parties

10 hrs
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This buttery, Italian bread really is the star of Christmas desserts. Try this light, festive dessert with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Prove your baking skills this Christmas with a fluffy, lighter-than-air classic Italian sweetbread, packed with festive flavours and candied fruit

1 hr and 10 mins
A challenge
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Give this Tuscan tart a delicious twist by adding dark chocolate to the traditional custard filling and delicate sweet pastry

1 hr and 55 mins
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16 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This dish is inspired by trifle and tiramisu, taking some of the best elements of each

1 hr and 30 mins
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36 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Give your sponge an Italian twist with Jane Hornby's easy-to-make polenta cake

45 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

An Italian classic with a twist, the perfect end to an Italian Sunday lunch

45 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A deliciously creamy, Italian strawberry dessert

30 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

An indulgent but refreshing Italian-style dessert

30 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Think of this as an Italian version of the British Bakewell tart, lovely for dessert or with a cuppa

1 hr and 45 mins
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This delicate tonka bean and orange-infused panna cotta pairs beautifully with vibrant pink forced rhubarb - the perfect dessert if you want to impress

45 mins
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5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Italian zabaglione is lovely rippled with a few crushed berries for a quick, outstanding dessert

15 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This traditional Italian ice cream bar is the perfect solution for an effortless frozen, creamy dessert

30 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A ripple of sweet plum purée and chunks of almond biscuit turn this Italian ice cream into an all-in-one dessert

40 mins
A challenge
5 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Our easy affogato recipe is the perfect Italian-inspired summer dessert. This simple coffee treat can be made in just five minutes with two ingredients

5 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This light frozen dessert is smooth and slushy, like those from the east of Italy - a perfect palate cleanser to finish a dinner party menu

20 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Create a delicious Italian-style topping for peaches and nectarines for a simple summer dessert

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
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