Puddings

Calling all sweet tooth lovers - whether your looking for that perfect dessert to impress your guests or just an amazing pudding on a Sunday afternoon - were sure you will be spoilt for choice.

Classic carrot cake recipe by Aldo Zilli

Classic carrot cake recipe by Aldo Zilli

Posted on: 10 Jun 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello readers. One of the foods Italy is most well-known for, apart from pizza and pasta, is its bread. Obviously pizza has its very own special dough but for bread Italy has so many great choices such as focaccia, ciabatta and pane casareccio.

It was my father who taught me how to bake. He built a wood-burning stove in the garden and would use it to bake bread. I will never forget the smell!


Sweets for your sweet: The best dessert recipes for Valentine's Day

Sweets for your sweet: The best dessert recipes for Valentine's Day

Posted on: 12 Feb 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

LOOKING for a simple dessert for Valentine’s Day? Try these...


Go nuts: Espresso almond tart and nut knickerbrocker glory

Go nuts: Espresso almond tart and nut knickerbrocker glory

Posted on: 21 Jan 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

Happy Saturday readers! The weather has really turned after such a mild December.

There is one good thing about the colder weather, however: stews! Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a rich slow-cooked stew after a cold January day. Growing up near the coast in Italy we would have lamb and pork during winter. You could make Ciaudedda using the pancetta with artichoke, potato and broad beans. Or use sausages and add lentils for protein.


High-quality food:Pan-fried chicken and mascarpone trifle recipes

High-quality food:Pan-fried chicken and mascarpone trifle recipes

Posted on: 14 Jan 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello food lovers. It’s my birthday shortly and I will let you into a little secret, which is that I actually have two birthdays! My father accidentally registered my birth on the wrong day, so of course I just have to celebrate on both dates.

This year for my actual birthday I’ll be cooking a porchetta, a traditional Italian pork roast. My favourite butcher has just opened a new farm shop here in Surrey at Crockford Bridge Farm so I can get my porchetta locally.


Just desserts: Tarte au citron and fun tutti frutti semifreddo

Just desserts: Tarte au citron and fun tutti frutti semifreddo

Posted on: 22 Oct 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to the weekend. I have had a most egg-cellent week and I hope you have, too! Yes folks, today we are talking eggs!

I am a firm believer in that old advertising slogan from back in the 1950s “go to work on an egg” and I have recently started sourcing my eggs from a local smallholding run by a lovely lady called Elaine Forsyth, which means I can have a freshly laid organic egg for breakfast. Elaine also has quails’ eggs which are the best canapé snack.


Drizzle cake recipe by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywoo

Drizzle cake recipe by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywoo

Posted on: 8 Oct 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello and welcome to the second weekend in October. This is one of my favourite months for food. As I mentioned last week, it is boom time for truffles in Italy. This got me thinking about English mushrooms – also in season right now – which can be fabulous in risotto. Why not give them a try?

And now to this week’s book which is The Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes & Bakes To Make At Home and the official companion guide to the 2016 series. Sadly, this will probably be the last Bake Off we see from both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, so if you are fan of the show don’t miss this book. The classic orange and lemon drizzle cake is delicious, and the book has more than 100 recipes for you to try. Happy baking!


Sweet sensation: Lemon cheescake and glazed strawberry tart recipes

Sweet sensation: Lemon cheescake and glazed strawberry tart recipes

Posted on: 1 Oct 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

So we are now into autumn, a great season for food and one of my favourite ingredients – the elusive and rare white truffle.

The white truffle comes into season in the Italian countryside near Alba in October. San Carlo restaurants always have a good supply, so if you have never experienced white truffle before then book a table at the new restaurant Fumo in Covent Garden, which is going to have the most spectacular truffle menu in London!


Layered dessert recipes by MasterChef finalist Hannah Miles

Layered dessert recipes by MasterChef finalist Hannah Miles

Posted on: 17 Sep 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello and welcome to the weekend. Today, as you read this, I shall be racing around the most picturesque parts of Italy as I join in the Best of Italy Festival, which includes a road race of fabulous Italian supercars through the countryside around Castell’Arquato.

While I am there I shall be enjoying some of the gastronomic delights of the Emilia-Romagna region. Local specialities include tortellini, ravioli and lasagne bolognese, so I won’t go hungry.


Coconut dreams: Dreamy desserts by our celebrity chef

Coconut dreams: Dreamy desserts by our celebrity chef

Posted on: 3 Sep 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Well, that’s the holidays now over and the kids are going back to school. This summer we have tried to keep to a strict regime of two sugar-free days a week, which I am hoping to keep up during the term time. I am a big supporter of the sugar tax and anti-obesity campaign.

A positive move that I have made in our household is to use coconut based products from CocoPacific to cook with. This week’s book is all about coconut – so it is the perfect book to accompany your new cooking regime.


Desserts to die for: Vacherin and white chocolate cheesecake recipes

Desserts to die for: Vacherin and white chocolate cheesecake recipes

Posted on: 30 Jul 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello to all my lovely readers! Today’s book is all about desserts, so I thought I would take you on a tour of Italian sweets. Aside from tiramisu and gelato, three of my favourites are cannoli, sfogliatelle and strufolli. Cannoli are little fried rolls of dough filled with creamy sweet ricotta and the ends can be dipped in chocolate chips, pistachios or candied fruit.


Teatime treats: Lemon and blueberry tray bake and Eton mess layer cake

Teatime treats: Lemon and blueberry tray bake and Eton mess layer cake

Posted on: 16 Jul 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello and welcome to the weekend! One of my regular outings with my family is to local farm shops or farmers markets. Where I live, in Surrey, there are loads – so it keeps us busy exploring them. This time of year we especially like going to “pick your own” farms for our strawberries and raspberries.

This week has been a busy one as I was up at the San Carlo Flying Pizza restaurant in Leeds to cook up a summer feast for the customers.

We had lots of delicious things on the menu, but my favourite was Scottish lobster and fillet steak. The meal finished with strawberries and ice cream with truffled balsamic, which brings us on nicely to this week’s book – Teatime by Cath Kidston.


Delicious desserts: Apple tart and American cheesecake

Delicious desserts: Apple tart and American cheesecake

Posted on: 2 Jul 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello foodies and welcome to the weekend. This week I was invited to take part in The Best of Italy Festival (see bestofitalyrace.com) which is happening in Emilia-Romagna in Italy in September. This is very exciting for me as it combines two of my passions – food and cars! The festival itself will be celebrating the amazing cars and motorbikes that come from that part of Italy.

Now to this week’s book which is called Bake To Impress by award winning German patissier and judge in Germany’s version of Bake Off, Christian Humbs. This book has more than 100 recipes from macaroons to muffins and chocolate chip cookies.


Cake recipes: Layered chocolate & sour cherry cake and Victoria sponge

Cake recipes: Layered chocolate & sour cherry cake and Victoria sponge

Posted on: 28 May 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Buongiorno. I hope you’re all ready for the weekend. I’ll be chucking some shrimps, fish and seafood on the barbie.

I love having friends round for a seafood barbecue, so it’s off to the fish market for me.

To hear me to talk about food, tune in to my weekly radio show on Soho Radio, Buongiorno With Aldo Zilli & Galvanina, which goes out live every Monday from 11am until noon. Listen to me chat to foodie guests and play some of my favourite music.


A taste of tradition: Pudding recipes

A taste of tradition: Pudding recipes

Posted on: 7 May 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to Saturday,

the day I relax with my kids. Rocco is already out in the garden picking vegetables and herbs for our springtime veggie lunch today. I am going to make one of our family favourites – frittata with new asparagus, peas, broad beans and mint. Frittata is a really easy dish to make for lunch or as a starter for a dinner party and you can be really creative, adding in whatever takes your fancy or is in season.


Recipes to put Diabetes into remission

Recipes to put Diabetes into remission

Posted on: 9 Apr 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Good morning to you all! I hope you’re enjoying lots of outdoor spring activities. I am hosting a barbecue tomorrow, so I hope the weather will be fine. If not I have my trusty Arctic Cabin to retreat to!

To prepare for this barbecue, I am going shopping for squid, prawns and lamb chops, the last of which I will marinate with rosemary, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in oil. I’ll also make little chicken burgers for the kids.


Sweet talk: Blueberry and lemon mousse recipes

Sweet talk: Blueberry and lemon mousse recipes

Posted on: 2 Apr 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Buongiorno readers and I hope your weekend is going to be fun and full of cooking. Today I have planned to give my children a pasta masterclass which will involve making pasta from scratch. Then we’ll make a delicious ragu with organic mince.

This week’s book is Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman with great pictures by Lisa Linder. This book has a wealth of original recipes with distinctive flavour combinations and intriguing twists on classics such as the tiramisu mousse using coconut oil.


The best treats for a home-made afternoon tea

The best treats for a home-made afternoon tea

Posted on: 19 Mar 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Right now, I am getting ready to test all my recipes for tomorrow, as I am doing a demo at The Ideal Home Show in London.

Every spring I do this show, and it is a fabulous way for us chefs to connect with our foodie friends. I love to walk around the show and see the great new ideas. This year if you bring this magazine with you, you may be able to win the dish I am cooking, so come along and bring a copy.


Mother's Day cake recipes from Mary Berry to spoil your special lady

Mother's Day cake recipes from Mary Berry to spoil your special lady

Posted on: 6 Mar 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Buongiorno to all of you reading this today. For me it’s been a very busy week and before I start I must say happy birthday to my favourite pesto brand, Sacla, which is celebrating 25 years being in the UK. 

My favourite fast pesto recipe is made up of basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, pecorino and Parmesan cheese which you bash together in a pestle and mortar. The secret is to use the very best olive oil you can find.


Treats for two: Sweet desserts for Valentine's Day

Treats for two: Sweet desserts for Valentine's Day

Posted on: 13 Feb 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello lovely readers and I hope you’re all ready for a great weekend. It is probably the busiest one in the restaurant business as tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If reading this has just reminded you, then I suggest you go shopping right now for some classic romantic dishes, perhaps lobster and maybe some oysters and a few strawberries and chocolates too for good measure!

As it’s Valentine’s weekend this week’s book is Deliciously Chocolatey by Victoria Glass. As the title suggests this book is full of amazing ideas for all ages and any occasion starting with the recipes opposite, which are two of my favourites – chocolate and whisky truffles and praline opera cake. So if you want to impress tomorrow night then get a copy of this wonderful book and whip up these sweet treats! Good luck, happy Valentine’s Day and see you all next week.


How to make pancakes: Best recipes for Pancake Day

How to make pancakes: Best recipes for Pancake Day

Posted on: 6 Feb 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to the weekend. I love Saturdays and I’m delighted that this is the first one in February – the month of love and pancakes with both Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s Day. So let’s talk love. Yesterday we cooked lots of Valentine dishes for the San Carlo Bristol restaurant press preview, so love is definitely in the air! Today I am a guest on Livvy and Chrissie’s The Twelve O’Clock Show on BBC Radio Bristol where we might also discuss Valentine dishes.

Next week is Shrove Tuesday, so why not have a go at some great pancake recipes? I actually hold the Guinness World Record for flipping the most pancakes in a minute – 117!

This week’s book, Hungry Healthy Happy, is packed with great ideas. Author Dannii’s two dishes opposite are delicious and easy to make. If you need any pancake tips tweet me. Ciao