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Torta al formaggio
This is a round, savoury pie, typical of the Easter season. Ingredients: Type...
Torta al testo
  The "torta al testo" is a very old traditional food of Perugia. It is a flat...
Torcolo of S. Costanzo
This is a ring-shaped cake, typical of the Perugia area. It is cut to look like...
Strufoli
These are fried pastries, which are round or long in shape. They are soaked in...
Stinchetti
Stinchetti, also called “bones of the dead”, are biscuits, shaped like the...
Schiacciata al formaggio
The schiacciata al formaggio is a flat “focaccia” bread, typical of Umbria...
Rocciata
This is a sweet, puff pastry with a filling, rolled into the shape of a snake....
Pinolate
Pinolate are round pastries made with almonds and pine nuts. They are a...
Pinoccate
These are little diamond-shaped sweets made of sugar and pine nuts (white with...
Pici
Pici is very common in municipalities of Castiglione del Lago, Panicale and...
Passatelli
Passatelli are a kind of short cylindrical pasta (or soup) with a rough surface...
Pan Nociato
This recipe, which is very similar to the one still in use today, first...
Pan Mostato
A bakery product similar to a filetta loaf of bread. Ingredients: Soft wheat...
Pane di strettura
Bread in the shape of long filone and/or filetta loaves. This bread is made in...
Pampepato
  This is a round cake, traditionally from Terni and of rural origin....
Pammelati
Pamellati are small cakes, similar to croquettes, and are made of: breadcrumbs,...
Nociata
Nociata is a hard pastry made with walnuts and honey. The other ingredients...
Mostaccioli
These are small, dry biscuits made with grape must and are ring-shaped or...
Fave dei morti
These are small pastries made according to tradition on 2nd November, the day...
Crescionda
The Crescionda is a low, soft cake, made up of three layers: the bottom layer...
Cresciole e Ciccioli
Cresciole di Ciccioli or in local dialect ‘n ch’i ciccioli, is a round or...
Ciriole
The ciriola is long pasta with a square cross-section, traditionally made with...
Ciaramicola
The Ciaramicola is a typical Easter cake of Perugia. It is a ring-shaped cake,...
Castagnole
Castagnole are small fried dumplings soaked in alchermes liqueur or sprinkled...
Brustengolo
This was traditionally a poor people’s cake, once made with corn flour, which...
Bringoli
Bringoli (called bringoli or brigonzoli in Lisciano Niccone and biche in Fabro)...
Attorta
Attorta is a typical Umbrian sweet pastry made from short crust pastry rolled...
Tozzetti
Almond pastries. Ingredients: almonds, sugar, eggs, margarine, flour, Vin Santo...
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This is a cake made with almonds, which is spiral- shaped and resembles a coiled up snake.The ingredients (except for the pine nuts) are mixed by hand in a bowl until a soft, smooth dough is obtained and it is then kneaded by hand and shaped to look like a coiled up snake (torciglione, meaning spiral). It is decorated with candied peel (ears), pine nuts or almonds, sized to taste and placed on the snake’s back (or cuts can be made on its back, to look like scales) and coffee beans (eyes). The torciglione is then placed on a baking tray (which may be lined with oven paper) and cooked in the oven at 180°C for 20-30 minutes.

This is a fresh product, which should be kept in a cool, dry place and eaten within 2 or 3 days.

“Throughout the year, starting from Christmas and New Year, we find it customary and pleasant to eat some torciglione. This is nothing like the tortiglione from Lombardy, which is a roll of pastry, filled with raisins, pine nuts and spices. The shape of our own pastry is inspired by the eel and its origin can, therefore, be found in the specialities of the lakeside villages of Lake Trasimeno. It is now common in other areas and eaten all year long, while in the past it was usually kept from one year to the next and brought out, well-matured, at Christmas dinner”.

COPPINI Remo, “Umbria a tavola – aneddoti, folclore, tradizioni, usanze e… ricette”(Umbria at the table – anecdotes, folklore, traditions, customs and… recipes), Ed. Guerra, Perugia, 1983.


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