- By AbruzzoCibus
- On Jan 04, 2019
Bring on the bocconotto
From Lanciano, one of the oldest towns in Italy comes a chocolate cream filled delight.
Between history and legend, two stories are told about the bocconotto. The first refers to the end of the eighteenth century at the time of the importation of chocolate and coffee to Italy. It seems that in a small village of Abruzzo, a maid prepared for her master, greedy for sweets, a pastry made with a shortcrust in the shape of a small cup with a lid and filled it with coffee and melted chocolate. When the master tasted it, he was so entranced by wanting to know the name of that delicacy. Taken aback, the woman replied that it was called “bocconotto”, since it had been gobbled down in one bite. Since the filling was considered too liquidly, there was the idea to make it denser with the addition of almonds, usually crumbled or chopped or sometimes whole.