Cudduraci (Italian Easter biscuits)

    36 min

    Cudduraci are traditional Italian Easter biscuits from the southern region of Calabria. They are flavoured with lemon and vanilla, shaped as braids and decorated with coloured sprinkles.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 400g plain flour
    • 180g caster sugar
    • 16g baking powder
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 60g butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • milk, as needed
    • 1 egg, for brushing
    • coloured sprinkles for decorating

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:16min  ›  Ready in:36min 

    1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.
    2. Add beaten eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Knead quickly to form a ball. If too dry, add a bit of milk to make a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ Gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/2cm thick. Cut 3 long strips and twist into braids, about 5 to 7cm long. Place on prepared baking tray leaving a little space between each one.
    5. Brush the biscuits with beaten egg and bake in preheated oven for about 15 or 16 minutes, until lightly golden. You can decorate them with sprinkles if you like.
    6. Remove from the oven, cool on a wire rack and serve.


    Work the dough as little as possible to keep the texture of the finished biscuits crunchy, not chewy.

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