Lemon and ricotta ring cake (ciambellone di limone e ricotta) Light and fluffy while being moist and tasty. Serves: Prep: Cooking: Recipe comes with video demonstration.

Lemon and apricots go really well together and I love adding liqueur to my cake batter. This fluffy cake features sambuca and, typical of Italian desserts, calls for extra virgin olive oil rather than butter.

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These are Italy's best loved cookies. It's always nice to have a stash on hand for a rainy day. You could also try your own flavour combinations, such as cho.

Small, young zucchini are perfect for this vegetarian dish. If you can, try to find those still attached to their golden blossoms – they will make a welcome addition to the light gnocchi sauce.

Italians can't let a day go by without bread. With this focaccia, you want to knead it until it's nice, soft and sticky. After baking, it's topped with stewed onions cooked in red wine.

This is a great throw-together dish for when your cupboards and fridge are erring on the empty side. The pancetta, pecorino and thyme will infuse your soup with a great depth of flavour, while the lentils and pasta will ensure no-one walks away hungry!

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