During the last International Festival at my daughters’ school, I dusted off my grandma’s cookbook to look for a typical Italian treat. The recipe that I chose, and that I have fond memories of, is surely the one of these biscuits named “Chiffeletti“. My grandma used to visit us at least twice a year and every time she used to bring a box filled to the brim with scented Chiffeletti. She was never satisfied about how they came out because sometimes they were a little burnt at the bottom, (at the time the parchment paper was not common to use) but this was the thing I loved the most.
It’s a pleasure now to share her recipe and to hold on to her memory. I do hope you’ll also like this recipe and my grandma’s Chiffeletti!
These biscuits are a traditional goodness from Ceglie Messapica, a small town in Itria Valley (Upper Salento) – Puglia – Southern Italy. In recent years, its elegant downtown, its amazing countryside (filled with farmlands, olive groves, medieval castles, vineyards, almond trees and trulli) and its food, made with simple and tasty ingredients, have attracted people not only from all over Italy but also from all over the world.
Ceglie biscuits, Slow food Presidium, are made only with products from the territory: almonds, cherry or grape jam, rosolio (homemade liqueur), lemon. If you wish to have a taste of the original ones and you find yourself in Ceglie Massapica, go and visit one of these bakeries: “Forno Allegrini“, “da Gigliola” or “Caffé Pasticceria centrale“.
If you live, just like us, far from Apulia, bake them by yourself following our recipe and you will get an initial idea on how delicious they are!