Christmas baking

This year we do not have the time to do a big baking action, but from time to time we do bake some Christmas cookies. Andrea is exploring old recipes, from the book of Artusi. For Pablo’s Nikolausfeier he made these Galletti(2). Really nice and very buttery (Artusi is Artusi!). But I rather prefer the Galletti(1) with aniseed, as I love that flavor.
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As we cannot go so easily to K-lina’s party for Santa Lucia, I decided to make myself the famous Lusse Kata. I followed the recipe posted by GreenKitchenStories. It is just a great recipe, with no sugar, sweetened with maple syrup. I used soy yogurt to make it casein free, and reduced the saffron to half a gram. It was more than enough and already makes these buns quite a luxury. If not trying to make it naturally-sweetened and vegan or casein free, this recipe is probably a more traditional version. But I can assure you that you won’t miss the sugar nor the milk in these nice buns.
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These sweet ravioli filled with marzipan are based again on one of Artusi’s recipes. The dough is like the one for the crostata. Very nice though maybe a tad too sweet.
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