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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Shops in Anzio, Italy
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Italy is known for its
flavorful foods, and its
pastry scene is no exception. Italian pastries, or "pasticceria" in Italian,
encompass a wide variety of sweet treats, ranging from delicate pastries to rich
cakes and desserts.
Our hotel in Anzio offered
complimentary breakfast each morning. It was quite the deal, actually,
because to purchase these pastries individually would have been costly.
In our day-to-day living at home, Billy and I have a
morning pastry from time to time, but we were in
and the selection we saw there was too good to pass up.
Don't believe me?
Take a look!
Various donuts and sweet bites
Ok, ok, so donuts are a semi-ordinary choice.
But look at this variety!
Beautifully decorated too!
Shelf after shelf of goodies
Each one of these delectables have special
names, and I know only a few of them.
If you look on the top shelf you'll find profiteroles, also known as cream puffs.
They are light and airy pastries filled with
various creamy fillings.
One popular variation is filling them with chocolate
pastry cream, or they can sometimes be dipped
in chocolate ganache.
On the bottom shelf you see little tarts,
cookies filled with chocolate pastry cream and cakes covered in powdered sugar.
Shortbread jelly-filled cookies
Every morning we'd go to
a coffee shop and pastries were
displayed wall to wall.
These are little shortbread cookies filled
with chocolate pastry cream, Nutella, or jams, then covered with powdered sugar.
Pies, cheesecakes, cookies and cream puffs
On the bottom shelf, second from the left
you'll see some cannolis. These originated from Sicily and are crispy, tube-shaped shells made of fried dough, filled with a sweet ricotta
cheese filling. These cannolis are garnished with pistachios.
You can also see some cheescakes, perhaps a
Torta della Nonna or "Grandmother's cake" and some individual pies and tarts.
On the top shelf are various sandwiches and
wraps for a wonderful lunch treat.
Rum Baba in the center
There are differing stories about the origin
of rum baba.
One legend goes that a Polish King took some
stale bread and soaked it in rum and sugar. This tasted so good that the dessert
became famous all over Europe.
If you ask the French, they will say they
invented this delicious dessert, but the Italians say it originated from
Naples (Italy) in the
Baba is a small yeast cake soaked in a rum
syrup. It has a moist and sponge-like texture and is
sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream as you see here.
These babas are considered to be a
delightful and indulgent dessert.
Pastries filled with chocolate cream
If you are a chocolate-loving person, how can
you pass these up?
The pastries in the back are filled with both
chocolate cream and pistachio cream.
Crostata is an Italian tart or pie made with a shortcrust pastry base filled
with various sweet fillings.
The fillings can range from fruit preserves (such
as apricot, cherry, or fig) to pastry cream, Nutella, or ricotta cheese with
Say what you want about watching your weight
and not succumbing to eating pastries, but with all the variety that was offered
in Italy, we found ourselves nibbling on one or another almost daily.
Chocolate and pistachio cream filled
Pistachios and pistachio cream are very
popular in Italy.
Sicily and the southern part of the country
have the climate and soil conditions favorable for the cultivation of this nut.
You will even see jars of pistachio cream for sale, pistachio gelato and even
Panna Cotta is an egg, cream, sugar and
gelatin style of dessert also popular in Italy.
The gelatin firms up the creamy mixture, and
is almost a fail-proof dessert to make. This gelatin can be flavored, made into
individual servings and beautifully decorated such as the ones you see above.
Overall, the pastries were hard to pass by
without grabbing a taste. Pastry shops were literally everywhere - stand alone
shops, a part of the ubiquitous cafes, and even in lunch places that sold food
choices like sandwiches, pizza or pasta.
We found that pastries were integral to the
Italian way of life.
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