Easter is coming and we want to reveal the original recipe of grandma CLABIT and the story of one of the most typical Abruzzo sweets.
During Easter time all grandmothers from Abruzzo make Pupa (doll) and Cavallo (horse)…but which is the history behind this Easter breakfast sweet?
The Pupa (for girls) and the Cavallo (for the boys) are part of the bakery tradition of Abruzzo. The history behind this Easter sweet dates back to the 19th century. It was both a gift for children and for future spouses.
Let’s examine in depth this sweet tradition…
The Pupa and Cavallo were special occasion sweets made for:
1. Children during the Easter Holidays. This typical Abruzzo sweet had a strong link to the Last Supper of Jesus. Since Christ broke the bread and gave it to the apostles, the sweet symbolizes the same act of love and solidarity of Christ towards his children.
2. During an official engagement the family of the bride brought a Cavallo (horse) to the groom’s family, and the family of the groom a pupa (doll) to the bride’s one. This gift celebrated the union of two families.
Our grandmothers have been making and baking these typical Abruzzo sweets for years!
These sweets are still prepared by our grandmothers, and they are given to us for Easter.
Through the centuries the sweet changed a little but remains a very poor cookie, a soft dough pastry base with two different shapes: the Pupa (doll) for girls and the Cavallo (horse) for boys. On both shapes there is a boiled egg, enclosed by a cross of pastry symbolizing the Resurrection of Christ.
Nonna CLABIT is ready to make Pupe (dolls) and Cavalli (horses) for her young grandchildren! It is a family recipe to pass down to her children and grandchildren!
Eggs, flour, milk, baking powder, olive oil and sugar to make a soft dough pastry. Here you have one of the most delicious and typical Abruzzo sweets!
Do you like this typical cookie? 🙂 Write it in the comments!