The sweet wedding of Baunei: su cunfettu
In Baunei there is no marriage without su Cumbidu (wedding buffet) and there is no su Cumbidu without su cunfettu. In any nuptial banquet you’ll find the dish of excellence, welcoming guests returning from the religious ceremony. This sweet mixture of almonds, orange peel and honey is a good luck ritual that is part and parcel of marriage.
Tradition impose that women have the exclusive of su cunfettu preparation. Specifically, women of the two families involved in the marriage must meet the Wednesday prior to the ceremony to cook the delicious desserts.
Here are the ingredients and the recipe of traditional su cunfettu of Baunei.
- Orange peel;
- Boil the almonds, peeled and cut into wedges for their length;
- Toast the almonds in the oven so prepared;
- Take dry orange peel, being careful to remove the inner white part;
- Boil the dried peel;
- Grind the boiled peel and wash until the wash water is not clear (traditionally used to close the ground up in a linen bag);
- Add the minced orange peel with an equal amount of honey and stir constantly over low heat;
- Add the almonds and keep stirring;
- Roll out the dough on a wooden table or on a wet marble floor until you have a uniform thickness of an inch and allow to cool;
- Serve su cunfettu of Baunei cut into diamond shapes pieces of orange leaves accompanied by a dessert wine.
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