Sfogliatella Riccia – Curly Puff Pastry

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Sfogliatella Riccia – Curly Puff Pastry


1 cup water
1/2 cup ricotta
One pinch salt
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup semolina
One cup, 2 oz. flour
6 oz. butter
2 oz. strutto
One pinch cinnamon
3 oz. candied orange peel, diced
One egg yolk

How to make the Sfogliatella RicciaShell-shaped Flaky Ricotta Pastries:

How to make the sfogliatella riccia: Bring the water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and pour in the semolina, stirring so as not to form lumps. Cook, stirring for about eight min., stirring constantly. Let cool. Make a Fontana with flour. Put half of the butter, a pinch of salt, and as much water as necessary to knead the dough to a smooth and elastic consistency. Wrap the dough in a towel and let rest for an hour.

Sift the ricotta; mix with the semolina, six tbs: sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, and the candied peel. Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin to obtain a 25×18-inch rectangle, 1/16-inch thick. Cut the pastry vertically into four strips and place one on top of the other, brushing each with melted butter. Let rest for half an hour, and then roll up the stack of dough.

Slice the roll into ten equal pieces with a very sharp, floured knife. Place the pieces on the pastry board and roll them gently with the rolling pin, first vertically, upward, and then downwards to give them an oval shape.

Turn the ovals over, place a bit of ricotta filling in the middle of each one, brush the edges with egg yolk, then fold the dough over and press to seal. Next, brush the sfogliatelle with melted strutto and place it on a paper greased with butter—Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425°F for 20 min. Remove from the oven. Brush with melted butter again, lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 20 minutes. Cool, sprinkle the sfogliatella riccia with confectioner’s sugar, and serve.

Sfogliatella Riccia – Curly Puff Pastry is a Regional recipe from Campania.

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

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