Christmas Cake From Calabria (Pitta ‘mpigliata)

Christmas Cake From Calabria (Pitta ‘mpigliata)

Ingredients for 6/8 people:

  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 glass of Moscato or Passito wine
  • 500 g.of flour
  • 15 g. of baking powder
  • 2 eggs

For the filling:

  • 100 g. of chopped walnuts
  • 50 g.of raisins
  • 250 g.of honey 
  • 100 g.of chopped dried figs
  • ground cinnamon


  1. Put the flour on a pastry board and gradually add the olive oil, wine, baking powder and finally the eggs, making sure to work the mixture well until you get a soft  and consistent dough.
  2. In a bowl mix the walnuts with raisins, honey, cinnamon and chopped figs.
  3. Roll out a  dough sheet, not too thin and cut wide strips. Sprinkle the filling in the center of strips, lift the side edges of the strips of stuffed dough and roll on so as to form a cake, consisting of a large spiral, which will not grow in height, but with concentric spirals.
  4. Sprinkle all over the cake a drizzle of honey.
  5. Bake in hot oven (180 ° C) for about 40 minutes, until the pitta will have a beautiful golden color.

Preparation time: 1 hours, 30 minutes, 0 second



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