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Recipe: Pastorelle from the village of Cuccaro Vetere, the taste of Christmas in the Cilento

Friday 21 december 2018

Fagottini sweet and stuffed, typical of the Christmas tradition of Cilento, precisely of the village of Cuccaro Vetere. The triumph of chestnuts and local confectionery skills, handed down over time for the most important family holiday

Recipe: Pastorelle from the village of Cuccaro Vetere, the taste of Christmas in the Cilento

Cuccaro Vetere is a village perched on top of a hill, with the center overlooking south-east the high course of the stream Lambro while the valleys below gently slope towards the sea. All around, olive trees stretch out in the sun, while at altitude there are centuries-old chestnut, oak and pine woods. Over the centuries, the chestnuts have been the protagonists of the territorial economy, using today as once in the gastronomic specialties of Cuccaro Vetere. Also and especially at Christmas: the Pastorelle, in fact, are the typical Christmas cake of Cilento.


For the stuffing:

  • 1 kilogram of chestnut flour
  • 500 grams of dark chocolate
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 1 grated lemon peel

For the pastry:

  • 1 kilogram of flour
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • water


For the filling of the Pastorelle you must first clean, boil and crush the chestnuts, then you must mix them with milk and cocoa along with all the ingredients until you get a smooth and homogeneous dough. For the preparation of the dough, turn the flour over the table, add all the ingredients and knead until you get a paste that should become thin with a rolling pin or with the appropriate pasta machine. The dough must then be cut into circular shapes of the desired size and the filling must be put on each disc of dough. With another disc, then, close the two discs of pasta, taking care to press well with the fingers on the edge. Once the round shapes have been obtained, they must be "pinched" at the ends five times in order to obtain five points of a star. It's time to fry the Pastorelle in plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Once ready, the Pastorelle must be cooled and then sprinkled with powdered sugar or, even better, hot chestnut honey.

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...buon appetito


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