Nonna’s Kitchen

Italian food is at the heart of our culture – and at the heart of Italian food is everyone’s Nonna (Grandmother in Italian). We share some of the best recipe’s from Nonna’s kitchen for you to try in our club newsletter – and soon we will post club members favourites on this page too!


RUM BABA (reproduced with permission from ‘Food & Family – Tastes and Memories of Italy)

2 cups flour

4 eggs

1 cup warm milk

15g dried yeast

pinch of salt

50g butter

1 tbs sugar

Shot of vanilla essence

Butter to grease tray, a dusting of flour

Dissolve yeast in warm milk and mix with flour and salt, into a ball. Put on a plate to rise for about half an hour. Melt butter, sugar and vanilla, blend with egg and beat well. Add the dough mixture a bit at a time, beating as you go. Add a few raisins and mixed peel (optional) and allow to grow for another 30 minutes. Cook in a preheated oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees celcius – then reduce to 180 for another 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes.

Combine 335g of sugar, 1 cup cold water and 3/4 cup rum in a saucepan and keep stirring over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Turn cooked dough upside down on a serving plate and then pour the syrup over the top. Enjoy!