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Authentic Italian Sfogliatelle


  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes + 1 hour additional
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

This Italian pastry may not ring a bell to you. But don’t you know that the lobster tail that we know is a derivative of the Italian sfogliatelle? Sfogliatelle is a sea shell shaped pasty with a rich filling that can complete a light dinner.


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Ingredients

Dough:

500 grams of flour

1 pinch of salt

175 ml of water, more if needed

25 grams of honey

Filling:

450 ml of whole milk

100 grams of white sugar

pinch of salt

150 grams of semolina flour

500grams of ricotta

1 large egg

½ tsp. of vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon

50 grams of candied orange peel, finely chopped

Topping / Brushing:

150 grams of butter or lard

Confectioner’s sugar


Instructions

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour water and honey and mix to make a stiff dough. Gradually add water while mixing.
  2. Knead dough on a counter until smooth and supple. Wrap dough in plastic and let it rest inside the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll each piece through a pasta machine using the widest setting. Fold in half and roll again. Repeat the procedure until smooth sheets are created with decreasing width on each roll.
  4. Place the sheet on the surface when it is 1 mm thick and apply a thin layer of lard or butter. Do the same with the other doughs and roll them into thin layers.
  5. To create a tight sausage shape, roll up the first thin sheet. Wrap the next thin sheet around the tight sausage-shaped sheet layering to look like a large cylinder. Using a saran wrap, cover it and chill for 1-2 hours for it to firm up.
  6. To make the filling, in a saucepan, bring the mixture of milk to a boil, sugar, and salt. Add the semolina flour until the mixture thickens and smoothens. Let it cool down in a bowl and mix the other ingredients. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes thick and smooth.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Cut pastry rolls into 1 cm thick pieces. By using your fingers, grease with butter or lard and create a cone impression at the center.
  9. Spoon filling and fill in the hollow. Press the edges to lock. After doing the same on the other pieces, line them on a tray.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes. Once done, let them cool before sprinkling the confectioner’s sugar then serve.

Notes

  • There are two authentic Italian sfogliatelle recipes, the sfogliatella riccia, and the sfogliatella frolla. The former has a more intricate design with a line that resembles a clam. The latter has a more straightforward appearance although the filling may be the same. Obviously, the American lobster tail is patterned with sfogliatella riccia. All these types of sfogliatelle are served best when they are still hot.
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