Italian cooking and tradition: Lenten cookies

Loved by the grown-up and the kids, who often enjoy playing with these curious letter-shaped cookies, Lenten cookies are made during Lent, especially in the Florentine area and in Prato.

Ingredients

  • 3 whipped egg whites
  • 150 grams of flour
  • 30 grams of cocoa
  • 170 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 Orange peel
  • Salt to taste.

 

Preparation

Mix the flour with the cocoa, the sugar and a pinch of salt.

Grate the orange peel in the mixture.

Then add the three whipped egg whites, continuing to mix everything.

If the mixture is too liquid, add more flour; if it is too hard, add another egg white.

At this point you can create the letters (with the pastry bag if you are expert

enough), which have to be placed on a baking tin covered with baking paper.

Cook in the oven at 150 ° C for about 15 minutes.

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Florence during Christmas holidays

During the month of December, Florence has a magical atmosphere. When Christmas gets close, you can feel it everywhere. The streets are full of Christmas lights, different for each neighborhood, making the city very colourful.

For several days, in the squares there are a lot of Christmas markets, where the stands offer many products: crafts, food and warm beverages and many others. Among these, one of the most famous market is of course the international Christmas market in Santa Croce, which is part of Florentine tradition, with its typical small wooden houses, where you can find handmade pieces and gastronomic specialities from all over the world.

Another famous tradition is the big Christmas tree situated in Piazza Duomo, that is lighted during the official ceremony on December 8th, in occasion of the Immaculate Conception; next to the tree, on the church porch of Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, is organized the Christmas nativity scene composed by handmade terracotta statues, which stays in the square until January 6th, Epiphany’s day, the last day of this magical holiday time.

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