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famiglie e bambini

We try to give you some good advices for a snack for your children - or for you, parents! All things described here are on sale in the traditional shops of the city.
An all-time classic is undoubtedly the savoury “schiacciata” made with dough for making bread but moistened with olive oil and spiced with salt: perfect at snack time. In the bakeries round Florence one can ask for a small, round “schiacciatina”, delicious on its own or, for the greediest, sliced-open and stuffed with ham.
Among the savoury snacks, coccoli are small dough balls fried in olive oil. They are usually served as starters with ham  or “stracchino” cheese, but are also delicious on their own for a midday snack.

Dough is the base for other sweet treats: try for instance bomboloni, the Italian version of doughnuts: filled with cream, jam or chocolate, they are rolled in white sugar and are wonderful! The lighter version is the ciambella - same dough but shaped as a ring. Delicious!

On the sweet side, most Florentine specialities are connected to special times of the year, but it is not hard to find these products on bakery and cake shop counters at any time of the year. This is the case with Pan di Ramerino, a fragrant, not too sweet, shiny, golden bun with currants and rosemary inside (called “ramerino” in Tuscany). It is typical of Easter, especially of Maundy Thursday (there is also a custom of blessing it and selling it at the end of Mass), but it is easily found at any time of the year, just as the “Quaresimali”, small light biscuits made of flour, sugar, cocoa and whisked egg whites (a “richer” variant requires the use of cracked hazelnuts too). Shaped as the letters of the alphabet, the “quaresimali” are a real unmistakable landmark of Florentine patisserie.
Published: 3/9/2018

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