Ingredients: 5 kg of honey, enough flour to make a fairly stiff dough. 5 eggs,
For the icing: 5 egg whites, icing sugar
Put the flour on a pastry board. Beat the yolks and add the honey. Mix with the flour. Mix and kneed well. Roll out the dough ( about 1cm thick ) Shape into various forms. Put the shapes on a rectangular baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cool and cover with the icing. Sprinkle with sugared almonds and candy flowers.
This is the month when the flowers reappear; nature wakes up again after the long winter and the first signs of summer warmth are in the air.
May is the month of roses. Nature shows itself at its best with beautiful colours and scents. The countryside offers us coloured flowers and tasty fruits.
It is an ideal moment to celebrate weddings, but strange to say, in Spezzano people are conditioned by an ancient popular belief. According to this it could be inauspicious to marry in May, so the most superstitious among the population prefer to avoid this month and marry in other months of the year.
The "Mostacciolo", a special type of cake, is richly decorated with coloured sugared almonds and candy flowers (see the photo) and it represents the most important gastronomic speciality for weddings. According to tradition, it is set on a table and the bride and groom try to break it in two. The one who succeeds in breaking off the largest part will be the winner and will command in the house."
Broad bean soup
Ingredients: ½ kg of broad beans, 250 gr. of bread, 1 onion, 1 egg, olive oil, salt
After having washed the broad beans, put them in salted water and cook. Fry the chopped onion in oil and mix with the broad beans. Cook over a low flame. Add the egg. Place small pieces of bread in dishes and pour the soup into the dishes.