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A taste of Sardinia

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Goblets good enough to eat? Pasta for desert? Have you a sweet tooth but no time to make your favourite cakes and buns? Join us on our culinary tour of Sardinia.

It's a rare thing nowadays to eat a home-made cake and few of us have the time to bake the traditional goodies that our mothers and grandmothers prepared at times like Easter and Christmas. Thankfully, however, there are still some places where tradition holds strong. We take a trip to Sardinia, and taste some delicious Easter cakes.

A kaleidoscope of cakes
The first things we come across are the visually stunning Candelaus: mouth-watering pastries shaped like goblets, shoes and birds and decorated with gold icing. We're still in time to taste the scrumptious cakes made for Carnival: sas Origliettas - nests of finely braided pastry which are then fried and topped with honey and Zipulas, sugar-coated fritters. We then head off to Oristano to sample a local speciality, Su Mustazzolu, a lemon-flavoured yeast cake which is left to rise for up to 20 hours before baking.

A nibble in Nuoro
Before leaving Oristano we get the chance to nibble on some Amaretti biscuits. A delicious concoction of sweet and bitter almonds, sugar and egg white. We then go to Nuoro, home of one of Sardinia's best-loved sweets - the famous Torrone di Tonara, a nougat made from honey, dried fruit, nuts and egg white. Nuoro is also known for its Seadas or Sebadas. Sebadas look like giant ravioli and are made from fresh cheese, grated lemon rind and sugar. They are then fried in olive oil and sprinkled with honey or sugar. Another culinary delight from Nuoro is S'Aranzada, a desert made from candied orange peel, honey and almonds, served on lemon tree leaves and decorated with silver sugar balls

Almonds, almonds everywhere
Next stop is near Sassari where we treat ourselves to some Sospiri di Ozieri: little almond-flavoured balls covered in icing or chocolate. We then set off for Berchiddu, home of the jazz musician Paolo Fresu, where baker's ingredients such as Sapa (a mulled wine concentrate) and S'Abbamele (a flavoured honey) are made. Sapa is used when making Pabassinos or Pabassinas - biscuits made from almonds, nuts, lard and raisins which are often iced and decorated with hundreds and thousands. It's also an essential ingredient in Su Pane 'e Saba - a sweet bread stuffed with the ever present almonds, walnuts and orange peel.
We finish off our trip with a plateful of Casadinas or Pardulas, commonly known as Formaggelle: little nests of pastry filled with ricotta, sugar and raisins.

Sardinia's official website
A taste of Sardinia
Oristano's official website
Nuoro's official website - The official website for Nuoro province is packed with detailed information, pictures, maps and itineraries for the visitor.

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