Maybe it was this melancholy feeling that made me want to bring back an Easter tradition that I grew up with....when we were young my Mom always made an Italian Easter Cookie called Pupa Cu L'Ova...I'm sure some of you have heard of them or even made them yourselves, but it's something I had never attempted...until this year!!!
My Mom always made them look so beautiful.....I'm not sure mine are as pretty, but my family & friends loved them and the memories that came flooding back as I was rolling out the dough and decorating them were so special!!! I can only hope that some day my girls will carry on this tradition!!! :)
BISCOTTI - PUPA CU L'OVA
4 cups flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup of milk
1 teaspoon anise or vanilla
about 1 teaspoon anise seed (optional) if using anise seed
hard boiled eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour and baking powder; set aside.
Mix together softened butter and sugar; add 2 eggs. Combine flour mixture with butter-egg-sugar mixture. Add milk, anise extract, and anise seed (if using). After mixing, let rest for about 15 minutes.
Knead on lightly floured surface.
Here is where you use your imagination. It's supposed to look like a bird's nest: Make a base (about 4-5-inches in diameter each) and place a hard boiled egg in the center. I use scissors and make slits around the base. Add a small piece of cookie dough on top of the egg. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 - 14 minutes, depending on the thickness of your cookie dough. Do not over-bake (they are not supposed to be brown). Remove from oven and cool.
Make an icing with confectioner's sugar and milk (or water). Divide and add pretty pastel food coloring. Drizzle over cookie (top of egg) and base of cookie (nest). Sometimes I sprinkle some little colored candies over icing.
Confectioner's sugar and milk (or water)
little colored candies (optional)
This is what they look like before the icing:
This recipe can also be used to make the cookies shown in the lower right hand corner....which is probably what I'll be doing next!!!
Before I go, I just wanted to share the beautiful flowers that Daughter #3 gave me
when she came home from work....
My girls know what makes me happy!!!
'Til Next Time......
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