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fritters piled with a topping

The Sicilian and Calabrese equivalent of the Neapolitan struffoli : little sweet fritters, covered with a icing (half chocolate and half lemon is popular) or arranged in a mound or crown shape, held together with honey, or caramel, and decorated with chopped nuts.

In Palermo, pignoccata generally mean just the typical fritters made for Carnival.

Also spelled pignulata or pignoccata.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: mammasicily