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Figolli (Easter Pastries)

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Serves 6

Figolli are large biscuits filled with almond paste. They are traditionally prepared for Easter and decorated with icing sugar, finished with a chocolate on top.

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  • Ingredients:
  • For the pastry:
  • • 400g margarine
  • • 800g flour
  • • 200g sugar
  • • 3 egg yolks
  • • half a tsp grated lemon rind
  • • water to bind
  • For the filling:
  • • 400g sugar
  • • 400g ground almonds
  • • 1 dsp orange-blossom water also known as orange flower water (large food stores sell this)
  • • 3 egg whites


    1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and rub in the margarine.
    2. Add sugarAdd sugar and lemon rind.
    3. Mix in the yolks and enough water to make stiff dough. Allow to rest.
    4. Prepare the filling by mixing the sugar and the almonds, adding the orange-blossom water and folding the beaten egg-whites into this mixture.
    5. Roll out pastry, and cut 2 large identical shapes, (or cut round a cardboard shape of your choice) for each figolla. Spread a 1 cm thick layer of the almond filling onto half of the pastry shapes leaving a bit of space around the edges, and cover each one with its corresponding half.
    6. Press the edges together and bake for in a moderate oven until golden, approximately 30mins. Allow to cool, cover and decorate any which way you like with icing, finish off with a chocolate egg.

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