A typical dessert of the Abruzzese peasant tradition of Teramo origin. Here is the recipe
The cagionetti, caggiunitt ', caggionetti, caviciunette they are a typical dessert of the Abruzzese peasant tradition and originate in the Teramo area.
Similar to a fried ravioli, of very thin and crumbly dough, lu caggiunett is proposed with different fillings, which vary from city to city according to the resources of the territory. The original Teramo recipe calls for a filling with chestnuts, honey, sugar, candied citron, grated dark chocolate, toasted and ground almonds. But there are also two other variants that use chickpeas or the classic grape jam, even better if "scrucchiata" (made with only grapes and without sugar).
The dough is composed of 3 magical ingredients that form the basis of many typical Abruzzo sweets, a tradition based on the seasonal availability of the products and which, often, were kept from year to year to enrich the table together with other ingredients: flour, wine white and oil.
Today every family has its own recipe, a story to keep and share. What is certain is that this dessert represents the essence of Christmas for every Abruzzese and that during the festive period they are fried repeatedly, because they must be eaten strictly freshly made, even if they can be kept for a few days.
What we offer is the recipe of Mrs. Gioconda, (almost) 81 years old, all verve and strength that, throughout the month of December, with glasses on her head, fries caggiunitt for friends and relatives.
Its version includes grape jam, strictly from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, as per tradition of Silvi, the last town in Teramo before the province of Pescara.
Ingredients and procedure for a tray
200 g grated dark chocolate
200 g shelled, toasted and chopped almonds
200 g of crumbled amaretti biscuits
Ground coffee and cinnamon
2 glasses of Punch Abruzzese liqueur
Zest of 1 grated orange
Secret: once fried, they must be sprinkled with abundant granulated sugar and crumbled cinnamon (not in powder!), Try them hot!
Text by Romina Ciferni