Delia Cuddrireddra

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Delia Cuddrireddra

If you’re not from Sicily the name of this sweet is practically impossible to pronounce. In dialect, “cuddrireddra” means a little focaccia shaped like a silkworm’s cocoon, or a small wheel of dough in the shape of a ring or a crown. The recipe is simple: durum wheat flour is mixed with fresh eggs, sugar, a little lard, red wine, cinnamon and orange zest. The dough is shaped into complicated little crowns, said to have been invented as a tribute to the noblewomen who lived in Delia during the War of the Sicilian Vespers at the end of the 13th century. The sweets were originally made at home, and shaped using a ridged tool called a “pettine”, normally used for weaving. Existing “pettini” are carefully preserved as they are no longer produced.

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Season

Produced year-round.

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Cuddrireddre were originally only prepared at home during the carnival period. Now they can be found year-round and several of the local pastry shops have started to sell them. The Presidium was founded to preserve this ancient tradition and to raise the profile of this rustic, fascinating sweet outside of Sicily. Authentic cuddrireddre should be fried in extra-virgin olive oil.

Production area
Delia Municipality, Caltanisetta Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region’s Agriculture and Forestry Department
Filomena Alaimo
Delia (Cl)
viale Luigi La Verde, 85 - 87
tel. +39 0922 826825 - 329 9781853
info@lacuddrireddra.com
www.lacuddrireddra.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gioacchino Lionti
Tel. +39 329 9781853
info@lacuddrireddra.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Pasquale Tornatore
Tel. +39 348 3206302
pasqualecator@tiscali.it
Cuddrireddre were originally only prepared at home during the carnival period. Now they can be found year-round and several of the local pastry shops have started to sell them. The Presidium was founded to preserve this ancient tradition and to raise the profile of this rustic, fascinating sweet outside of Sicily. Authentic cuddrireddre should be fried in extra-virgin olive oil.

Production area
Delia Municipality, Caltanisetta Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region’s Agriculture and Forestry Department
Filomena Alaimo
Delia (Cl)
viale Luigi La Verde, 85 - 87
tel. +39 0922 826825 - 329 9781853
info@lacuddrireddra.com
www.lacuddrireddra.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gioacchino Lionti
Tel. +39 329 9781853
info@lacuddrireddra.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Pasquale Tornatore
Tel. +39 348 3206302
pasqualecator@tiscali.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily

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CategoriesCakes, pastries and sweets