Spongata di Piacenza, Spungada, Spungheda

Spongata di Piacenza, also known as Spungada or Spungheda, is a traditional Italian dessert hailing from the Emilia-Romagna region. It is a sweet pastry filled with a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, and spices. This delicacy can be found in various towns and communes of Emilia-Romagna, including Piacenza, Parma, and Reggio Emilia.

In Piacenza, you can find Spongata di Piacenza at local pastry shops such as Pasticceria Vittorio, Pasticceria Scarpato, and Pasticceria Buzzi. These establishments are known for their high-quality and authentic Spongata di Piacenza.

One popular recipe for Spongata di Piacenza includes a filling made of dried figs, raisins, almonds, walnuts, candied orange peel, honey, and spices such as cinnamon and cloves. The filling is then encased in a sweet pastry dough and baked until golden brown. Another variation of the recipe includes the addition of cocoa powder to the filling for a richer flavor.

Spongata di Piacenza has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which is a prestigious designation given to traditional Italian food products. The specifications for Spongata di Piacenza include the use of specific ingredients such as dried figs, raisins, almonds, and candied orange peel, as well as the traditional preparation methods.

Sources:
– “Spongata di Piacenza” – Pasticceria Vittorio (pasticceriavittorio.it)
– “Spongata di Piacenza” – Pasticceria Scarpato (pasticceriascarpato.it)
– “Spongata di Piacenza” – Pasticceria Buzzi (pasticceriabuzzi.it)
– “Spongata di Piacenza” – Regione Emilia-Romagna (regione.emilia-romagna.it)