Wednesday, 29 September 2010

GOURMET WORDS OF THE ITALIAN RIVIERA: COBELETTI (SHORT-CRUST PASTRIES WITH JAM FILLING)

Cobeletti (a.k.a. gobeletti) are tiny short crust pastries filled with jam (usually apricot) or bitter oranges marmalade (the Riviera di Ponente’s alternative). This mouthwatering treat is the umpteenth proof of the Genoese love for sweet flavours. The local housewives’ tip is: work the dough quickly, do not splash over with the filling, use proper muffin molds, then bake and satisfy your gourmet appetite. Wine matching: the suitable pairing is DOC Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà (passito), but follow connoisseurs’ advice and opt for DOC Pornassio red passito if the cobeletto features a red fruits jam stuffing (this special version is prepared on Sant’Agata’s day, February 5th).

A presto e buon appetito!

Luisa Puppo
Ligucibario

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