This week my daughter’s kindergarten class will be celebrating the holidays by sharing a food from their cultural tradition. So, it got me thinking of what food I recall having during the holidays from my Italian heritage that she could share with the class.
For many years my mother always made Biscotti Di Regina (The Queen’s Cookies). These are delicious little sesame seed Sicilian cookies named after Queen Margherita di Savoia, the second, because she loved her sweets. The Margherita Pizza was also named after her for it’s red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese which represents the Italian flag. Seeing that my great grandfather was from Sicily, I figured, what better food to share at this celebration.
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup shortening, margarine or butter
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 lb sesame seeds (or 2/3 -3/4 cup sesame seeds)
- 1. Lightly grease 2 cookies sheets
- 2. Sift together in a bowl flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- 3. Cut butter or shortening in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas and add and stir in the eggs and milk.
- 4. Make soft dough.
- 5. Mix thoroughly together.
- 6. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1-1 1/2 inch in length.
- 7. Flatten rolls slightly and roll in sesame seeds.
- 8. Place on cookie sheets about 3 inches apart and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.
- Pack in airtight container. These store well.
Enjoy at home with tea or coffee! Or give them in a holiday tin or mason jar wrapped with ribbon for a nice holiday gift!
I love challenges like this because I think we get so used to things in our lives that we don’t even know what their meaning is. This marks a tradition that I will now carry on in my home and pass down to my children. I challenge you to do the same this holiday season.
Cheers and happy holidays!