Family Recipe: I Cuscini con Cassagne (Pillows with Chestnuts)


Submitted by Monica Traficante.

 “I cuscini,” or pillows, are cookies that are made to look like raviolis. They are stuffed with a mixture of pureed chestnuts and other ingredients, and then fried. “Cecil,”or chickpeas, may be substituted for chestnuts.  Or, both options may be mixed together.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. cooked chestnuts (Fresh or canned) Chick peas may be substituted or mixed in with the chestnuts.
  • 4 tsp. honey
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. grated baking chocolate
  • A splash of white wine (can be omitted)
  • Teaspoon of ground cinnamon (or to your liking)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar (for sprinkling)

Preparation

For the Pastry: Sift flour on a counter or board and make an indentation in the center. Add egg yolks, 1 tablespoon water and olive oil. Mix flour and ingredients, until dough mixture is firm, then continue to knead until smooth; cover and set aside, while preparing the stuffing.

For the Stuffing: Puree or mash the chestnuts (or/and chickpeas). Add the honey, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

Directions

Fill And Fry The Cookies: Prepare and roll dough out into a thin sheet, just as you would ravioli. Space dabs of filling about 2-3 inches apart; fold over and press edges firmly with a fork to seal them.
Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown. Take from pan to drain on paper towel and cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Makes about 15 plus ravioli, depending how big you make them.

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