Italian dessert recipes

If you love Italian food, you'll love these classic Italian desserts. From strawberry pannacotta to lemon cheese polenta cakes. These simple Italian dessert recipes are perfect for special occasions or weekend treats and are quick and easy to make. So if you fancy trying something new and delicious, you've come to the right place.

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If you love Italian food, you'll love these classic Italian desserts. From strawberry pannacotta to lemon cheese polenta cakes. These simple Italian dessert recipes are perfect for special occasions or weekend treats and are quick and easy to make. So if you fancy trying something new and delicious, you've come to the right place.

Italian cooking isn't all about pizza, pasta and rich sauces. You probably already count a handful of these Italian desserts as some of your favourites but if you fancy trying something different or giving one of your usual dessert recipes a luxurious twist, take a look at these easy Italian dessert recipes.

Perfect for special occasions or weekend treats, these indulgent desserts are the ultimate family treat and are a great way to finish off a home-cooked meal. We also some have speedy ideas to keep the family happy during the week - who doesn't love a mid-week pud?

Tiramisu, pannacotta, panettone, granita and zabaglione are traditional sweet dishes associated with Italian cooking. Strong rich flavours like Amaretto, Masala wine and saffron give Italian desserts a distinctive flavour while ricotta, cream and milk are common ingredients used to get that much-loved smooth finish. And if you fancy an adult treat there are some lovely boozy recipes like a refreshing red wine crush.

We have recipes for all the classics including desserts with an Italian twist from celebrity chefs Gino D'Acampo and Gennaro Contaldo.

So, if you fancy trying something new for the family, you've come to the right place. goodtoknow's collection of Italian recipes is sure to add some favourites to your recipe book in no time.

Ricotta tiramisu

Gino D'Acampo's tiramisu

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Tiramisu is the ulitmate Italian dessert and this is extra creamy thanks to the added ricotta. Packed with whipped double

cream, mascarpone cheese and of course the distinctive coffee flavour,

this delicious tiramisu only takes 40 mins to make.

Get the recipe: Ricotta tiramisu

Strawberry pannacotta

Strawberry pannacotta

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Creamy and thick, a classic pannacotta is easy to whip up at home with our simple recipe - you'll be a pro in no time. A delicate combination of cream,

milk and sugar, this fruity version takes just 20 mins to make and is

full of sweet strawberry flavour. It's even topped with fresh fruit -


Get the recipe: Strawberry pannacotta

Panettone classico

Gino D'Acampo's Panettone classico

This traditional Italian recipe tastes as good as it looks. This Panettone by Gino D'Acampo is a delicious combination of raisins and a

melt-in-the-mouth sponge making it a wonderfully light alternative to

stodgy fruit cake or Christmas cake.

Get the recipe: Panettone classico

Champagne berry zabaglione

Champagne berry zabaglione

Zabaglione is a light, custard-like dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and wine. This treat

is bursting with sweet fruity flavours of fresh strawberries and

raspberries. It may seem a little indulgent to open a bottle of

Champagne to make a dessert but if you and your guests drink the rest

when you serve the pudding, nothing goes to waste! Perfect for when you

want to impress.

Get the recipe: Champagne berry zabaglione

Saffron risotto

Saffron risotto

Did you know that risotto can also be sweet? Well it can with this tasty sweet risotto recipe which is like the Italian version of rice pudding. Ready in just

30 mins, make sure you go easy on the saffron as it's a powerful


Get the recipe: Saffron risotto

Chocolate crust mascarpone pudding


This delicious rich chocolate pudding topped with thick mascarpone and finished with fresh fruits is perfect for sharing. This impressive dessert is an Italian-style treat combining lots of delicious flavours together to make one mouth-watering pud.

Get the recipe: Chocolate crust mascarpone pudding

Gennaro Contaldo's warm mini chocolate puddings

Gennaro Contaldo's warm mini chocolate puddings

Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo's chocolate puddings are the perfect end to an Italian feast. With a gooey, chocolate centre,

these desserts are sure to go down a treat. They're ready in just 21

mins, need just 6 ingredients and are perfect if you're craving a

naughty chocolate bite in the evening.

Get the recipe: Warm mini chocolate puddings

Gino D'Acampo's mini almond apple pies

Gino D' Acampo almond apple pies

Celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo has created this quick and easy recipe. Packed with tangy apples and topped with crisp almonds, this Italian

dessert is perfect if you fancy something light but warming. Serve with

fresh cream or homemade warm custard.

Get the recipe: Mini almond and apple pies

Coffee granita

Simon Hopkinson's coffee granita

Similar to sorbet but with a chunky more grainy texture, granita is a lighter choice for an Italian dessert. Combine your after dinner drink with dessert with this coffee granita recipe. All you need is hot espresso coffee and caster sugar and this simple dessert is ready to be enjoyed.

Get the recipe: Coffee granita

Marsala roasted figs

Gordon Ramsay's Marsala roasted figs

These quick and easy roasted figs recipe from Gordon Ramsay can be ready in 45 mins so put them on just as dinner

is ready to get the timings right. Get the best flavour out of your

figs by using this sweet recipe. Italian Marsala wine and orange juice

add a sharp kick to this dessert making it irresistible.

Get the recipe: Marsala roasted figs

Neapolitan slice

Cool down in the summer sun with this mouth-watering ice cream. This delicious and pretty dessert takes a bit of time to get the layers but is well worth the effort. It serves 6-8 people.

Turn this classic Italian ice cream into a fancy dessert with this ice cream slice.

It doesn't take long to make this treat, and each layer is made with

fresh ingredients including strawberries and milk chocolate.

Get the recipe: Neapolitan slice recipe

Fruity Italian sundaes

Fruity Italian sundaes

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Get the kids to help you make these sundaes. They only take 15 mins to rustle up and are bursting with fresh

berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Topped with

low-fat custard and half-fat crème fraîche, this recipe is only 220

calories per serving.

Get the recipe: Fruity Italian sundaes

Cappucini chocolate mousses

Cappucini chocolate mousses

These mousses are perfect if you're in the mood for a chocolate treat. Rich and full

of strong black coffee, the double cream makes this dish extra thick and

delicious. Top with chocolate shavings and cocoa powder to decorate and

enjoy with your friends.

Get the recipe: Cappucini chocolate mousses

Apple and cinnamon tiramisu

Apple and cinnamon tiramisu

Give your tiramisu a fruity twist to keep things interesting. This apple and cinnamon tiramisu is quicker to make than the traditional recipe is is great for a

mid-week pud. Tangy apples, ground cinnamon and mascarpone cheese add a

great flavour to this dessert.

Get the recipe: Apple and cinnamon tiramisu

Italian summer pudding

Italian Summer Pudding

How impressive does this summer pudding look? Perfect for sharing, this creamy pudding is made with dessert wine, mixed berries, yogurt and sponge fingers and is well worth the wait whilst it's chilling in the fridge.

Get the recipe: Italian summer pudding

Amaretti treacle tart

Amaretti treacle tart

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Crushed Amaretti biscuits and a shot of almond liqueur give this wickedly delicious tart an added twist. It may take some time to cook, but is definitely worth

the wait. It's jnothing short of delicious when served with homemade


Get the recipe: Amaretti treacle tart

Coffee liqueur zabaglione


If you love coffee, you're going to love this adult-only dessert made with creamy coffee liqueur. Zabaglione is an Italian custard dessert made by whisking egg yolks, sugar and liqueur and is the perfect treat when catering for friends or hosting a dinner party.

Get the recipe: Coffee liqueur zabaglione

Lemon cheese polenta cakes

Woman's Weekly Lemon cheese polenta cakes

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These easy-to-make cheesecakes are made with polenta and ground almonds, filled with cream cheese and

flavoured with lemon - delicious! These Italian cheesecakes only take 40

mins to prepare and cook and are a nice twist to a classic dish.

Get the recipe: Lemon cheesecakes

Tiramisu cake

Chocolate tiramisu cake

If you've got a lot of people coming over for dinner and you're not sure what to make, then this tiramisu cake could be the answer. Serving up to 12 people, this classic coffee-infused Italian bake is simple and delicious. Serve with fresh cream and enjoy!

Get the recipe: Tiramisu cake