Category: Recipes

Apricot Habañero Jam

Congratulations to Gail H. from Tennessee for winning third prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! This was by far the most unique recipe we received for the contest. Who would have thought to combine our dried apricots with peppers and vinegar? We loved spreading this jam over bagels with cream cheese. Ingredients: 1

Christmas Fruit Cake

Description This recipe comes from our family to yours. Beatrice Martino, the sister of our owner Victor Martino, created this wonderful no-bake fruit cake years ago and it has been a family staple ever since. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until this tasty desert is made. It has been passed on from Beatrice to Victor’s

Harvest Crumble

Description Paul Decker of New York presented Bella Viva with this marvelous desert as an entry in our Online Bake Off. We awarded his recipe first prize ($100 Bella Viva Certificate) based on: taste, quality, revelant use of dried fruit and ease of baking. We invite you to experiment with any and all of our

Cranberry Orange Pockets

Description This delicious recipe was submitted for our November 2011 Online Bake Off by Lele Hicks. We were so overwhelmed by the pockets’ crunchy outside and juicy sweet inside that we awarded this recipe first place. Thanks Lele! The beauty with all of our baking recipes is that you can get creative and sample other

Bella Viva Scones

Description At Bella Viva we love baking with our dried fruit! We have even diced our most delectable dried fruits for your convenience in the kitchen, including: Tangy Apricots, Yellow Peaches, White Peaches, Yellow Nectarines, White Nectarines, Pears, Dapple Dandy Pluots and Betty Anne Plums. Thanks to Mary A. of Sacramento for sending us this tasty

Maria’s Italian Christmas Cookies

Description Lynnea of San Diego, California shared this recipe in the Bella Viva Bake Off. This recipe came to America with her husband’s mother, Maria Theolinda Conchetta Lombardi in the early 1900. Ingredients: Filling: 1/2 lb. Bella Viva dried apricots, chopped medium fine 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped medium fine 3

Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Description Howie of Venice, Florida shared the recipe with us in the Bella Viva Bake off! Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 1/2 cups Quaker Oats 1/2 cup apple sauce 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 2/3 cup dried

Fruity Cannoli

Description Kym McKenzie provides us with this amazing Fruity Cannoli recipe. Based on taste and quality, relevant use of dried fruit, and ease of baking, Kym won 2nd prize ($75 bella Viva Certificate) in our Online Bake Off. Ingredients: shells: 2 Tbsp butter softened 1/3 cup sugar 2 egg whites 1/2 Tsp almond extract 1/2

Dried Pineapple Pie

Description Thanks to Paulette Schwertley for sharing this fun recipe for dried pineapple pie with us. She could not find a pineapple pie recipe so she adapted one for dried apricots. The beauty of this recipe is that it can actually be used with any dried fruit. Ingredients: 4 cups Bella Viva Dried Pineapple Rings

Persimmon Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup Persimmon puree 1 tsp. soda 1 cup (2cubes) margarine or butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. lemon juice 2 T. orange juice 3 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. cloves ¾ cup chopped nuts (optional) Instructions Mix through