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Pitta Mpigliata Christmas Cake

Olive Points: 175pts

Price £17.50

Weight: 500g 

This typical festive cake from Calabria, the southernmost part of Italy is traditionally prepared for Christmas, Easter and weddings. It’s an elaborate preparation which starts by mixing the dry ingredients together and leaving them for two days. Then strips of pastry made with olive oil are filled with the walnuts, raisins, almonds and Moscato wine and then rolled into coils, doused with honey and baked into a caramelized, golden “flower”.

 

Pitta Mpigliata is crisp, sweet, nutty and chewy at the same time and makes the perfect afternoon tea treat on winter days, but it is also an excellent pudding if served warm, with some creme fraiche perhaps.

 

In Italy this type of celebratory and rich pastry would be served at room temperature, at the end of a festive meal, alongside a spread of tangerines, dried figs , mixed nuts, torrone  and other home made Calabrian sweets.

 

This Calabrian treat dates back at least as far as the 1700s. It is mentioned in a marriage contract from 1728 which detailed the treats to be offered by the family at the reception!

Ingredients

Flour, Moscato wine, extra virgin olive oil, sugar, raisins, almonds, walnuts, honey. 

Our Producer - Fratelli Marano

The Marano family has been working with precious Dottato Cosentino figs since1930, when Bartolo Marano created the secret recipe handed down from father to son. The recipe is closely guarded by the Marano brothers - it's the secret element that together with the quality of the Dottato figs make Morano figs truely unique in their taste. 

 
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