Lingue di suocera, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongues,” is a traditional pastry from the Abruzzo region in Italy. It can be found in various towns and communes of Abruzzo, including Chieti, Pescara, and Teramo. This delicious treat has a long history and is deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of the region.

The origins of Lingue di suocera can be traced back to the 18th century when it was first created by the nuns of the Santa Chiara Monastery in Chieti. The pastry got its name due to its thin and elongated shape, resembling the sharp tongue of a mother-in-law. Over the years, the recipe has been passed down through generations, and it has become a beloved dessert in Abruzzo.

Lingue di suocera is made from a simple dough consisting of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. The dough is rolled out thinly and cut into long, narrow strips. These strips are then twisted into a spiral shape and baked until golden and crispy. The final result is a delicate and crunchy pastry that is often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.

This traditional Abruzzese pastry has gained recognition as a typical product of the region and has been awarded the prestigious PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition. This certification ensures that Lingue di suocera is made following specific traditional methods and using locally sourced ingredients. It guarantees the authenticity and quality of the product, preserving its cultural heritage.

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