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RAME DI NAPOLI: SICILIAN ICONIC CHOCOLATE COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE GLAZE (AND ORANGE JAM FILLING)

Those born under the shadow of the ‘muntagna,’ Mount Etna, will recognize the Rame di Napoli as the dessert of the heart.

These extremely ‘chocolaty’ cookies are traditionally eaten around the commemoration of the dead, but in the bakeries of eastern Sicily they can now be found all year round.


Rame di Napoli (Naples coppers), for those who have not yet had the good fortune to bite into them, are soft chocolate ‘cookies,’ scented with cinnamon and covered with a silky chocolate glaze.

Moreover, to make them even more delicious, it is now customary to fill them: with hazelnut or pistachio spreads and orange marmalade.

If you try them, believe me, you won’t be able to do without them.

I decided to make some filled with orange jam.

 

 

 

Makes about 16 Rame di Napoli

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  1 1/8 tbsp of baking powder (16 grams)
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon powder
  • 3-4 cloves powder
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 cups of milk

 

FOR CHOCOLATE GLAZE

  • 2 cups of dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup of butter or margarine

FOR THE FILLING:

  • I use orange jam (but you can choose your preferite jam)

 

DECORATION:

  • pistachios or almonds grains

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl, sift the cocoa powder, baking powder and flour.

Mix well and add the sugar.

Continue stirring.

Add the cinnamon, clove powder, and zest of 1 orange and continue mixing.

 

Add the butter (or margarine), honey and milk.

 

Continue stirring vigorously until you have a nice smooth mixture.

 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the mixture rest for half an hour in the refrigerator.

Take a baking sheet and place baking paper on it.

Using two wet spoons or simply with your (wet) hands, form small “nuts” with the dough and place them on the baking sheet.

 

 

Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes (they should remain soft).

 

Now prepare the chocolate glaze.

In a small saucepan, add the butter ( or margarine) and dark chocolate.

Cook in a bain-marie until creamy in consistency.

 

In my case I decided to fill some cookies with orange marmalade.

With a knife, cut off the top of the cookie and fill it with the jam.

 

 

Now dip the cookies into the chocolate cream we prepared in a bain-marie.

 

Sprinkle the cookies with pistachio or almond grains.

 

Let me know what you think!!!

 

 

 

 

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