After yesterday's little cookie-amuse start to my contribution to this month's SHF/IMBB event, I wanted to take you today to have a look at a delicious example of culinary melting-pot recipe from Sicily: 'mpanatigghi.
'Mpanatigghi or Impanatigghi are a typical sweet from Modica, but this superficially simple fact hides a much deeper historic background. Although there is no certainty that the tale went as I'm about to tell you, it is not too risky to imagine the following ingredients were needed. Take a few the Sicilian nuns, inventors of some of the islands most intriguing sweets. Take a couple of Spanish priests. Send them first to the Americas, where they learn about chocolate, then have them introduce the godly product to Europe, and clearly also in the Spanish domains in Southern Italy, hence in Sicily too. Take the Catholic dietary rules for Lent, forbidding meat consumption. And last, but not least, keep those Arabic influences in Sicily, especially the spices, and the Spanish Empanadas in mind. You have it all? You ready to go on then!