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crescionda

three layer cake

The special Carnival holiday cake of Spoleto and around, this comes in many variations, but nearly always has three layers; the most popular features a base of ground amaretti biscuits, topped with vanilla custard or pudding, then topped with dark chocolate. But there are numerous versions, including a crescionda made with apples.

The name is believed to derive from 'oily crescia' and the oldest known recipe included eggs, breadcrumbs, chicken broth, pecorino cheese, grated lemon rim, sugar, grated dark chocolate or bitter cocoa.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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