Sassi d’Abruzzo, Mandorle atterrate

Sassi d’Abruzzo is a traditional dessert that can be found in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. It is particularly popular in the towns and communes of Pescara, Chieti, and Teramo. This sweet treat has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages when it was prepared by nuns in monasteries.

The name “Sassi d’Abruzzo” translates to “stones of Abruzzo” in English, which refers to the dessert’s appearance. It is made by mixing almonds, sugar, and egg whites to form a dough, which is then shaped into small, irregularly shaped balls resembling stones. These balls are then baked until they become crispy on the outside while remaining soft and chewy on the inside.

Sassi d’Abruzzo is recognized as a traditional agri-food product (PAT) by the Italian government. This recognition ensures that the dessert is made following specific specifications and traditional methods. The almonds used in the recipe must be of the “Pizzuta d’Avola” variety, which is known for its intense flavor and aroma.

One other Traditional Recipess from Abruzzo is “Mandorle atterrate,” which translates to “crushed almonds” in English. This dessert is commonly found in the town of L’Aquila. It is made by grinding almonds into a fine powder and then mixing it with sugar, egg whites, and lemon zest. The mixture is then shaped into small, flat cookies and baked until they become golden brown.

Sources:
– “Sassi d’Abruzzo” – www.abruzzoturismo.it
– “Mandorle atterrate” – www.abruzzoturismo.it