Happy Easter!!! I would like to wish you and all your loved ones a Blessed and Peaceful Easter. Yesterday we made these Sicilian Easter Cookies which originated in Sicily but are made all throughout the south of Italy and are called Cuddura even though the name changes slightly with the different dialects of the southern regions.
In the olden days, no meat, eggs or dairy were consumed during lent therefore when Easter came around all of the traditional desserts and dishes were very rich. These cookies were made on the Saturday before Easter and brought to church to be blessed before giving them away to loved ones as an Easter offering. Young ladies typically gifted their sweetheart with a cuddura in the shape of a heart as a sign of affection. How cute is that? I feel like everything is so different now a days and so much more complicated. I guess I'm just too old fashioned... Now it's like you never know what to buy someone because everything is so accessible through online shopping and malls etc. Back in the day all it took was a cookie made with love to let your sweetheart know that you were interested in him or her.
Ingredients for the dough:
- 600 grams of all purpose flour
- 200 grams of butter
- zest from one fresh lemon
- 4 large eggs
- 200 grams of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- pinch of vanilla extract
Mix all of the ingredients, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Prepare your hard boiled eggs ahead of time and let them cool. You can color them if you want or leave them as they are. I colored mine but since they were brown eggs the colors weren't as bright as I wanted them but they turned out fine all the same.
The technique is pretty self explanatory so I'll leave you with the pictures so you can see what I did.
After you roll your braid in a circle to place the egg on, you proceed to make a cross on top of the egg to hold it in place.
Now brush a little egg white on top and add your favorite topping, sprinkles, chocolate chips, confetti, whatever you like.
Now you're ready to bake in a preheated oven at 200°c for 35 - 40 minutes.
This is my Easter offering to You :-)
Happy Easter my friends!
When our faith
stands at the grave,
for a stone that's rolled away,
When our faith
is short of
though the truth is there to see,
When our faith,
beset by doubt, sees
than an empty tomb today,
Bring to mind
the cry of Mary,
‘I have seen the Lord!'
and grant us faith to believe!