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Cucina Conversations: Sicilian Fig & Nut Dolcetti - Ciascuni

If you were to ask me which ingredients typify a southern Italian Christmas, it would be those that mamma would bake with around this time. The lightly sweet, caramelised flavour of vin cotto, the aromatic spices combined with chocolate and nuts, all shout loudly that Christmas is around the corner.  These ingredients are quite common in my Christmas sweets collection and you can click on their links to learn more about these recipes, such as the panzerotti that mamma has always adorned our Christmas table with; or the panforte I make each year as gifts for family and friends; and the fried balls of pastry coated in honey that my maternal grandmother made every Christmas for her daughters which she called la cicerata.
This Christmas I'm adding a new sweet to the blog, one that my mother in-law would make.  No written recipe meant I had to rely solely on memory and taste and managing to get the flavours and texture as close as what I remembered them to be.  I posted these traditiona…