Holiday baking

Special requests

Here are a couple of cookie recipes pictured in the last post; they were specifically requested by readers... They're easy to make, too. Happy Holidays!

Special requests

Iced Sweet Taralli for Easter

Taralli are the ultimate southern Italian Easter pastry; they come in at least a dozen different varieties, sweet and savory, large and small, made with olive oil or lard (butter for the sweet ones today), leavened with yeast, baking powder, or just eggs.

Neapolitan Easter Pie

Though the official name of this pie is Pastiera Napoletana, many Italian Americans also refer to it as Pizza di Grano, grain or wheat pie. It’s a sweet crust filled with ricotta, pastry cream, and cooked wheat berries, and scented with orange flower water.