Emilia-Romagna is a region in northern Italy known for its rich culinary traditions. One of the most popular desserts in the region is the Ciambella ferrarese, a ring-shaped cake that is typically enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. This cake is named after the town of Ferrara, but it can also be found in other towns and communes in the region, such as Bologna, Modena, and Ravenna.

If you’re looking to try the Ciambella ferrarese, you can find it in many local bakeries and pastry shops throughout Emilia-Romagna. Some popular places to try this dessert include Pasticceria Gollini in Ferrara, Pasticceria Gamberini in Bologna, and Pasticceria La Perla in Modena.

Another traditional dessert from Emilia-Romagna is the Brazadela, a sweet bread made with flour, eggs, sugar, and butter. This dessert is particularly popular in the town of Reggio Emilia, where it is often enjoyed with a glass of Lambrusco wine.

Both the Ciambella ferrarese and Brazadela have been recognized as traditional products of Emilia-Romagna by the Italian government’s PAT (Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali) program. This means that they must meet certain specifications in order to be considered authentic products of the region. Some of these specifications include:

– The Ciambella ferrarese must be made with flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and lemon zest, and it must be shaped like a ring.
– The Brazadela must be made with flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and milk, and it must have a soft, spongy texture.

If you’re interested in trying these desserts at home, here are a couple of recipes to get you started:

Ciambella ferrarese:

– 300g flour
– 200g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 100g butter
– 1 lemon, zest only
– 1 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
3. Add the eggs, butter, and lemon zest, and mix until a smooth dough forms.
4. Pour the dough into a greased and floured ring-shaped cake tin.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
6. Allow the cake to cool before serving.

Brazadela:

– 500g flour
– 200g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 100g butter
– 200ml milk
– 1 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
3. Add the eggs, butter, and milk, and mix until a smooth dough forms.
4. Pour the dough into a greased and floured loaf tin.
5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
6. Allow the bread to cool before serving.

Sources:
– “Ciambella ferrarese.” Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali dell’Emilia-Romagna. https://www.patr.regione.emilia-romagna.it/prodotti/ciambella-ferrarese
– “Brazadela.” Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali dell’Emilia-Romagna. https://www.patr.regione.emilia-romagna.it/prodotti/brazadela
– “10 Traditional Desserts to Try in Emilia-Romagna.” Culture Trip. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/10-traditional-desserts-to-try-in-emilia-romagna/