Today’s Christmas treats are brought by Lora of Cake Duchess. I’ve been known Lora since I start blogging and she never cease to amaze me with her creativity. She’s very creative in her baking, but our love for homemade bread is what made us close friends. With recipes like “No knead dinner rolls” , “Marbled chocolate brioche” and a step-by-step sourdough starter, she’ll sure win your attention in no time.
Hello, everyone! I am Lora and it is a thrill to be guest posting today for my dear friend, Roxana. Roxana was one of the first people I met through my food blog. She is an incredible baker with a huge heart. I hope to one day meet her in person and have a taste of one of her stunning layer cakes or pretty breads. Roxana asked me to share a holiday recipe for her #25recipestoXmas series. I couldn’t think of any better holiday recipe to share than these Sicilian honey balls (pignolata). My father is from Sicily and I spent many years there as a child and an adult.
Pignolata is one of the most popular southern Italian sweets made for Christmas. It’s a Sicilian dessert but it is also common in Calabria. It used to be made in Sicily during Carnevale, but is now also made during Christmas. Pignolata show up all over Sicily under different names: pignocata, pagnuccata, pignolata. You may be familiar with them being referred to as struffoli and can find them in pastry shops at Christmas time. It is important to use good honey when making them and also the right amount. It’s also important to make them the right size so you can enjoy the honey glaze more.
These pignolata will add a sweet dash of Christmas cheer to your holiday festivities!
Thank you for having me on your delicious blog, Roxana. I want to wish everyone Buon Natale…a very Merry Christmas!
For other Christmas sweet check out #25recipestoXmas
Sending love your way,