Lenten Biscuits “Quaresimali”

Quaresimali are Florentine Lenten biscuits, prepared during the period of Lent. Lent is a religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, the night before Easter Sunday.
Quaresimali biscuits are widespread throughout the Italian territory, albeit with different preparation methods. The dough of the Tuscan biscuits is made from egg whites, sugar, and cocoa powder and baked in the oven. The peculiarity of the Quaresimali biscuits is their form of letters of the alphabet.

Preparation time: 35 minutes. Level difficulty: low  


170 grams of icing sugar
150 grams of flour
30 grams of cocoa powder
3 eggs
Orange zest
salt to taste

Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the grated fresh orange zest.

Whip egg whites until stiff, add and mix everything. If the dough is too liquid, add a little more flour.

You can use the sac à poche to create the letters (if you have not used them in a food bag, just cutting the corner), placing them on a baking tray covered with baking paper.

Bake in a preheated oven at 150° C for about 15 minutes.

As soon as they are ready, remove them from the oven and from the pan. Store in a tin or plastic box.

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