Thursday, April 28, 2011

Patrica Turo inspired me to make these wonderful Sfogliatelle Italian Pastries from her blog this Easter @ Piacere Food and Travel Without Rules.  These pastry are a bit time consuming but the taste results were fabulous, however a little more practice is needed while making these to get them right! I have to say out of the 30 I made only one was worthy enough for the pictures! I need alot more practice.. you can see from her awesome instructions and using a pasta machine, that helped get the dough thin enough to make hers perfect, please refer to her site as she has fabulous instructions, step by step...
Recipe Summary her recipe came from This recipe was taken from one of the chef’s antique cookbooks and she translated it into English.

Makes 16 large or 32 small pastries

I adapted parts of the recipes to my taste, I made the dough using  her dough recipe:

8 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 cups butter, original recipe calls for suet or lard
1 3/4 cups cold water, more if needed
2 tablespoons fine salt
1/2 cup honey

Dough Instructions:
Melt the honey with water.
Put the flour into a food processor and add the shortening, salt and mix until it crumbles. Add the honey/water mixture a little at a time until the dough forms into a ball. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

3 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
6 oz or 3/4 cup semolina flour
6 oz whole milk ricotta, drained very well
12 oz (about 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
1 drop Cinnamon oil
1 tablespoon Orange Flower Water or 1 tablespoon zest
2 tablespoons Candied Orange Peel cut into small pieces ( I opted not to use peel or citron)
2 tablespoons Candied Diced Citron
3 extra large eggs


In a heavy duty saucepan bring the milk to a boil being careful not to scorch it. Add the salt and pour all the semolina at once in into the water while stirring it rapidly with a wooden spoon.
Cook the semolina for 10 minutes then remove it to cool for an hour.
Using a wooden spoon mix the ricotta, sugar, oil of cinnamon, orange flower water, if using add candied orange peel, candied citron and eggs all together in a glass  bowl. When the semolina is cool add it to the ricotta cheese mixture and mix smooth.

Preheat your oven to 375

Take out your dough and cut it into 4  equal size pieces.

Using (a pasta machine if you have one) make each piece of dough into a very thin long layer 6 inches wide and 18 inches long as thin as you can get it. Or roll by hand as I did getting it as thin as possible.
Place a sheet of the thin dough on top of a parchment paper tray on a large hard surface like a huge cutting board or pasta board. Brush the sheeted dough with the melted butter or lard coating it completely.
Place another piece of sheeted dough on top of the one you just brushed with butter and repeat. Do this until all the dough is layered and sheeted.
Trim the pastry now so it is a long rectangle. Starting from the small 6 inch end tightly roll the stack of pastry into a tight single roll its edges should look like a rolled up like a newpaper roll. It is important to refrigerate the pastry now wrapped in a cotton dishtowel (to absorb moisture ) for at least 4 hours.
Take out your chilled pastry and slice a 1/2 inch slice this will looks ribbon. Now lift up the circle and place it in the palm of your hand. Using your finger press into the center and begin pushing the layers out as if you were creating a hollow" A" frame house, and fanning until you have a layered cone effect.
After you make this pastry cup hold the shell in the center of your hand, put a spoon full of filling inside the center, sealing the edges, but don’t pinch them together. Carefully lay them down on your parchment lined baking sheet. Brush each one with an egg wash or melted butter, suet or lard whatever you choose to use. Bake @375 degrees for 15 minutes until light and golden in color.

Egg Wash
1 egg, beaten with the water
1 tablespoons water
Patricia's instructions worked very well, you will have to practice to get the right shape..

Sprinkle them with powdered sugar when they are hot out of the oven, and serve them warm if possible.

Yes, my one loan soldier that stands proud!
 Thanks Patrica, thanks to your inspiration, I was able to have these wonderful pastries for our holiday!
They were not easy and nowhere as beautiful as hers, but they tasted great and I will make these again... I appreciate your step by step instructions and pictures presented  and though I used some of our regions preferences these were made with your guidance in mind~ thanks so much~ please visit her site to see  her  creative molding and picture  instructions....


  1. These look fantastic! I love the picture of your taste-tester/supervisor... my kitties love to "help" too!

  2. OMG you are good. Bet they were awesome regardless of how photogenic they were. My grandma used to make them. I don't recall candied fruits in the filling. I'll bet that using lard would have made a difference. I think she used either lard or shortening.

  3. Your cat is adorable dear, it has a very nice expression ^__^ I love sfogliatelle, they're one of the most delicious dessert I've ever tasted. In my town sfogliatelle are traditional at Christmas with a different shape and filling compared to the Neapolitan ones. You can find them here. Bye bye, have a good day

  4. They say practice makes perfect so I'm sure the next time they will be easier to make :) This is the first time I hear about sfogliatelle, love the name and even though the pastries seem to be hard to make and time consuming, those flakes are totally worth it!

  5. Claudia...my Mom would love to have you as her daughter right now...this is her favorite pastry.
    Yes, I remember seeing Patricia's post on this very time consuming treat. Bravo for you that you pulled up those sleeves to confront such a challenge. My dear, I've said this before...where do you squeeze in the time to take on such challenges?

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  6. Yeah!!!! My husband and I feel in love with these delicious pastries on our honeymoon and I haven't had one since! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  7. I want to try these, I think also this would be a fun project with my daughter. Thanks Claudia.

  8. Fonzo is BEAUTIFUL! Pretty kitty :)

    I love the look and sound of that Sfogliatelle. Wonder if it will pop up in the Taste of Utica book?

  9. Oh wow these look so good. I love the addition of the honey as sweetener in the dough. Even if only one came out picture worthy, its a beautiful one that came out :)

  10. Yum! I used to buy these all the time at the Italian bakery. I always said they reminded me of clam shells...hehe.

  11. Wow, this looks amazing. I've never seen orange flower water. I'll be on the lookout!

  12. One summer I lived in Rome about a block from a bakery and would wake up before dawn to the smell of these. I ate many of them that summer. Thanks for the memory!

  13. Claudia, I think I saw David Lebovitz post about these once...yours look fabulous!!! I bet you'll be a pro with your next batch. Give Fonzo a pet from me :)

  14. That is so beautiful! I have never heard of this!

  15. I've never heard of this dessert and it sounds delicious, love that filling! And your fur buddy is pretty awesome too!

  16. Something new to me! I must try... that one pic makes me want to take a bite. YUM. :)

  17. Brava to you for attempting this difficult pastry! Your lone soldier is a beauty and so is your kitty. :)) Cheers!

  18. Beautiful dessert, and really delicious looking!I Love the kitty photo:))

  19. Claudia, you are my hero! This is my favorite Italian pastry, but I have never had the nerve to attempt them. You did a fabulous job. I'm bookmarking this, just in case I work up the nerve.

  20. Your kitty is gorgeous! And the pastry delectable! I don't remember ever having them before.

  21. Claudia, cookies or little dessert treats look so goood....I love everything with filling:)
    Kitty is adorable and look at that look....smell wonderful aroma in the air.

  22. Wow! Simply outstanding. I've only had these from Italain Bakeries. These were one of the desserts served at family gatherings when the family would get together at Easter.

    Looks like an amazing recipe. I appreciate your honesty Claudia, in that only one was photo worthy..but I bet they were all tasteworthy! I know they were good!
    Keep up the good work! Amazing!

    Pizza on Earth,
    albert grande

  23. Well your loan soldier looks perfect...and that very handsome kitty will attest to that fact :) I can not even imagine what practice will do here...I may have to move in!

  24. awesome presentation..first time visiting your space..
    very interesting blog you have..excellent photography..
    Am your new follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  25. Just hopping around to the other blogs featured today on La Bella Vita... yours caught my attention in particular because sfogliatelle are my absolute favorite. I'll definitely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  26. How'd I miss this? I have always been too intimidated to make these - consequently I only have one every few years when I go to NYC. You have inspired me - what's the worst that could happen? And the fact that you have one gorgeous lone solder willing to be photographed fills me with hope. Cats in the kitchen - I am convinced it's good luck!

  27. WOW!!! I only BUY sfogliatelle; aren't you impressive?! So is your handsome cat. Even if only one was photo-worthy, you are still several steps ahead of this kat! :)

  28. I just ran out to buy some for dessert, inspired by your post! :)

  29. My gosh that's alot of work! Hats off to you Claudia, and your picture is mouthwatering. This sounds like my kind of pastry. Wish we could find things like this around here.

  30. I was ok with this until the 4 hour wait after a 2 hour wait. This one will require a bit of planning. Can i make the pastry only at night and turn the 4 hour in the fridge into overnight? and make the filling the next morning so can have these for morning tea?

  31. I found this delicious recipe pinned on the 'Deliciously Italian' board and it led me back to your post Claudia! I fell in LOVE with these in Napoli! I hope that I can bake them as beautifully as you have done! Buon Natale dear friend!



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