Sunday, 22 April 2012

St.Lucia ribbons

My mom came to visit us this past Christmas and she shared some of her recipes with me as she always does.
When we where growing up she never baked cookies or cakes or anything sweet really, so I was surprised when she made this cute "ciambelline" shaped like ribbons.
They are not overly sweet and in Italy they dip them in "mosto", the very first juice that comes out of pressed grapes before the wine process.
My kids love them so much and my son gave them the name "St.Lucia ribbons"....
... Anyway this could be a little treat that you can bring to a friend's dinner with a nice bottle of sweet wine or you can just dip them in your "Caffe latte" in the morning.
They last forever and the harder they get the better they are for dipping; but don't worry they will be gone before you know it.
Here is the recipe:


3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup milk (i used soy milk vanilla flavor)
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1TBLP+1/2tsp baking powder
1tsp anise ground ( you can put more for a stronger flavor if you like so)
1 tsp vanilla (if you use normal milk)
1 cup raisins (i used cranberries because i didn't have any:P)

Preheat oven 350
Mix all the  dry ingrediets  first , add the wet ingredients until you have a nice soft ball , take a little piece, the size of golf ball, and roll it out like a snake and fold one side on top of the other to make the shape of a ribbon .
Keep doing that until your dough is finished.
It makes 20 ribbons more or less.
Bake them for 25/30 minutes untill slightly golden.
Put them on a rack and let cool.
mix dry ingredients

add wet ingredients
mix untill you get a soft ball
roll out a little piece
fold and shape like a ribbon
St.Lucia ribbons

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