Scarcella di Pasqua an Easter tradition from Puglia

 

 

The Scarcella is the traditional cookie prepared during the Easter period in Puglia. It can have different shapes like a pigeon or a heart, but the traditional form is a braided ring.
The braid stays for eternity and the egg closed inside stays for the resurrection , the cross which is used for fixing the egg, the symbol of the crucifixion.
The Scarcella is covered with icing sugar or sugardrops.
The ingredients are few, but have to be excellent. Here the recipe
 

500 g flour
150 g sugar
100 g extra virgin olive oil
150 ml of warm milk
2 eggs
grated lemon zest
20 g baking powder
Icing sugar and
sugar decoration
1 egg for decoration

 

In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and sugar, make a well in the middle and pour the olive oil and 2 eggs and mix gently.
Pour the milk gradually, knead with hands until smooth and compact.
Divide into three parts, and knead to form cylinders. At this point form a braid and shape it into a ring. Add one raw egg and fix it by making a cross with the dough you have left.
Brush top with beaten egg.
Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes, once out of the oven add the icing sugar and / or sugar decorations.

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