Biscotti di San Gennaro: the recipe for traditional Campania sweets

ingredients
  • Flour 00
    90g
    • 0 kcal

  • Egg
    2
    • 0 kcal

  • Granulated sugar


    60 grams
    • 600 kcal
  • Vanilla yeast for desserts
    1 pinch
    • 63 kcal

  • Lemon peel
    to taste
    • 50 kcal

  • cherry jam


    to taste
  • Granulated sugar
    to taste
    • 389 kcal

  • Vanillin
    1 pinch
    • 750 kcal

Calories refer to 100 grams of product

THE Biscuits of San Gennaro they are gods treaty sweet and delicious, typical of kitchen bell, usually made on September 19, on the anniversary of San Gennaro, the beloved patron saint of Naples. It is a creamy mixture, based only on eggs, flour and sugar, which, when baked in the oven, becomes crispy on the surface and sweet at heart. The recipe for this ancient and popular dessert – once prepared by the nuns of the San Gennaro dei Poveri Hospital, in the Sanità district – was later rediscovered by the master of white art Leopold Infante. As tradition dictates, these cookies can be eaten plain, sprinkled with a little icing sugar, or filled with a delicious cherry jam, berries or strawberries to recall the color of the lava from Vesuvius. Perfect for any occasion, from breakfast to nibble, find out how to do them by following the step-by-step instructions and tips.

How to prepare San Gennaro cookies

Biscuits of San Gennaro

Mix the eggs with the sugar in a planetary mixer and whisk at maximum speed (1).

Biscuits of San Gennaro

Sift the flour, baking powder and vanillin and add them to the whipped mixture (2). Also add the lemon zest and continue whisking on low speed.

Biscuits of San Gennaro

Finish working the mixture with a spatula (3).

Biscuits of San Gennaro

Pour the mixture using a spoon, forming small circles (4). Bake the cookies in the oven at 200 degrees for about 7 minutes. Once cooked, let it cool completely.

Biscuits of San Gennaro

Once cold, stuff the cookies with the cherry jam then combine them. Sprinkle with a little icing sugar and serve (5).

Advice

San Gennaro cookies can be enjoyed plain or with a soft filling of your choice: you can use one Strawberry jam, berries, an orange or lemon marmalade or stuff them with a gourmet hazelnut cream or chocolate. The result will always be stunning.

If you wish, you can add a grain of dried fruit, a red fruit sauce or pieces of fresh fruit.

The mixture of these cookies should be very creamy; if you have difficulty pouring it with a spoon, we advise you to put it inside a pocket bag, then proceed to making the round discs.

storage

In San Gennaro cookies they are kept in a tin can or in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 1-2 days. Freezing is not recommended.

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