Saturday, April 11, 2009

Figolli


Figolli are traditional almond pastries baked for Easter. These consist of pastry figures filled with a ground almond mixture and covered with royal and glace icing. The traditional shapes are men, women, fish, lamb and baskets however nowadays you can also find heart shape, butterflies, bunnies and cars. The human shapes usually have paper faces stuck on to the icing. They're quite big about 8". Decoration consists of glace icing and royal icing and finished off with a chocolate egg stuck in the middle.
These are some of my Figolli made this year. I ended making 53 of them. This is surely a new record for me. I got creative and decorated them in a variety of patterns and colours. I also covered one of them with chocolate. Delicious too although I prefer glace icing. They surely get gobbled easily :)

33 comments:

Mary said...

bellissime , auguri!

apparentlyjessy said...

oooh they are pretty! I love food traditions! I really like the first lamb one, its so cute.

katty said...

molto belle auguri!!!

Erbaluce said...

Ma è indecente!! Anche queste sono troppo belle!! Sei veramente bravissima!!

Little Miss Cupcake said...

Wow! I can't believe you made 53 of these! Just for reference, what is the size of a figolli? I have the impression it's a regular size cake, no??? And you made 53? Great job! The heart one with the pink egg is my fave!

VeggieGirl said...

SENSATIONAL almond pastries!!

linda said...

Yummy, almond pastry! My favourite would be the cute little lamb :)

ps wow...53!

Grammatically Delicious Designs said...

Ooooohhhh. I want the pink heart. I am trying to imagine how wonderful it would taste. Beautiful!

Danielle

Federica said...

Wow ma sono uno più bello dell'altro! complimenti!
baci

i dolci di laura said...

che meraviglia! stupisci come sempre! buona pasqua

Elra said...

Beautiful beautiful FIGOLI, where is your recipe?
Have a wonderful Easter Natalie...
Cheers,
elra

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I love reading about all the traditional cakes that come out at times like this. It looks delicious! :D

Maryann said...

53!!! Wow!
Have a Happy easter :)

Elra said...

Guess what Natalie, I just google figolli, and your website/blog is on the first page... yay....
elra

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi,
Lovely cake you have there! I wonder how did you manage to make so many pretty cakes! Really really impressed!

Christy said...

You made 53 of those cakes?? Wow, I can't even begin to imagine how much time and effort went into these cakes, especially because they look intricate and very detailed! You did an awesome job!

chefectomy said...

A great post Natalie. Happy Easter!

--Marc

PS - I have traveled extensively but not to Malta. I'd live to hear more about this culture and nation in your postings...

Jamie said...

These are beautiful and I assume they are just as delicious! I know one little girl who would be enchanted with that pink one!

Happy Easter!

madebymel said...

I have never heard of these pastries, but they sound delicious!

Leesa said...

Hey there!

These are beautiful! You are so creative- and you must have a TON of patience!! Brava!!!

Take care and Happy Easter to you and your family!

Girl Japan said...

These are absolutely adorable!!!! The presentations look like so much fun and full of spring goodness.

Sophie said...

I love how I'm always hearing about new delicious desserts on your blog, and everything is always pretty too :)!

Jude said...

Would it be a crime if you went straight for the egg and ran away with it?

Elyse said...

Wow, your figolli look AMAZING. I just love how festive and decorative they are. Plus, they sound totally delicious. I'd never heard of figolli before, but I'm totally intrigued now.

NUVOLETTA said...

Son bellissimi complimenti! Tanti Auguri!

Donna said...

These look absolutely beautiful. I am now following you, dont want to miss anything and thank you for stopping by my blog. I ADORE your site..

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could get to know your blog. Yours is so wonderful. You do terrific work. I'll be checking you out regularly. brava.

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this is amazingly beautiful designed cakes! great color combination too!

Sharon said...

Wow, I love these and the Hello Kitty one as well. I'm sure your niece loved it.

Maya said...

Beautiful!

Katie said...

Never heard of these before but they sound fantastic and look delicious.

Eliana said...

I never get tired of looking at your work. As always, these cake are gorgeous.

RockerJewlz said...

Love the egg in the heart! Reminds me of the fantastic Portuguese sweet breads made for Easter with a whole egg tucked into the bread exterior...like in this picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26723818@N05/3437813879/