By: Alex Weiss, CFP®
Ricetta is Italian for the word recipe. As great as they are, sometimes we follow them and sometimes we don’t. This past Easter I asked my mom for the Italian Easter bread recipe that my Nana used to bake every year. The cool part about this bread is that you’d find an egg in the middle of it (shell and all!). People have different names
for this treat, referring to it as “Italian Easter Egg Basket,” “Pup Cu L’ova,” or even “Italian Easter Egg Cookies.” Since my Nana really loved me, she always layered on extra icing and sprinkles before delivery. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how much time consuming work went into making these delicious treats and we will need to plan better for next Easter when we attempt them again.
My mom brought over much more than just the single Pup Cu L’ova recipe that she found--she brought an entire folder’s worth! We found some really old pieces of paper with butter, oil, and who knows what other stains on them. What struck me most was that some of the recipes didn’t even tell you what was being made, it was just a list of measured ingredients! As I went through the stacks of paper, I found a Pizzelle recipe. That really brought me down memory lane. When I was a kid, I preferred these treats with a dusting of powdered sugar. Today, I prefer them with a drizzle of chocolate. Now, Natalie’s Nana (my mom) is the one making the Pizzelles that we get to enjoy together, and soon enough Natalie will find her preferences. Isn’t that what life is all about?!
Another untitled recipe of my Nana’s that I found and am looking forward to baking is what I think may actually be her famous anise cookies. I haven’t made them yet, but I plan to soon.
I was gifted a kitchen appliance tool for my birthday (which is in October) that finally arrived in the mail! I will not disclose what it is yet, but it will likely be the topic of my next article.
Until next time…