Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
Like many Italian cookies, these very traditional ones are made more often than not for times of celebration. They are perfect for offering to visitors with a glass of sweet wine. This recipe is from Umbria.
- 1⁄2 cup dried prune
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup dried fig, stemmed and sliced
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1⁄4 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
- 1⁄4 cup marsala wine (2 fl oz/60 ml)
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 5 ounces superfine sugar, 155 g (caster, divided)
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose white flour (7 oz/220g)
- 1 pinch salt
- water, to make soft dough
- powdered sugar (icing sugar or confectioners')
- Soak the prunes and raisins in lukewarm water for 30 minutes; drain. Pit the prunes.
- Mix the fruit and nuts in a bowl. Add the Marsala, 1 tablespoon oil and 3 oz (90 g) sugar.
- Sift the flour and salt together. Mix in the remaining oil and sugar, and enough water to make a soft dough. Form into a ball and let rest, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 12 parts. Roll out each piece into a very thin square. Spread some of the fruit mixture on each square of dough, dividing it evenly.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180 C). Roll the squares up into cylinders and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Spread with sifted powdered sugar and serve. Serves 6.
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