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panicelli

hand-shaped bread rolls

Small loaves with four fingers (sometimes complete with thumbs) made in Chieti province.

On 3 February, in honour of San Biagio (St Blaise), Taranta Peligna in Chieti province holds a Sagra di Panicelli, when the loaves are blessed and handed out to the population. St Blaise is the patron of sore throats, so we're not quite sure why the bread looks like hands but there you go.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by madonna degli angeli