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Testa di Turco (Castelbuono’s Dessert)

Testa di Turco

Testa di Turco is a spoon dessert of Castelbuono, an ancient medieval village a few kilometers from Cefalù, in the province of Palermo.

Castelbuono

Testa di Turco is a dessert consisting of layers of thin fried sheets of pasta dough interspersed with milk cream (similar to Biancomangiare) and an abundant sprinkle of cinnamon.

It is customary to consume it during Christmas and, above all, at the Carnival period.

Testa di Turco

A popular legend tells that this dessert was developed centuries ago on the occasion of the defeat of the Arabs by the Normans and that the citizens celebrated the liberation with the preparation of this typical dessert.

Cuisine
Courses
Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Winter
Description

Testa di Turco is a spoon dessert of Castelbuono, an ancient medieval village a few kilometers from Cefalù, in the province of Palermo.

Ingredients
    Dough
  • 3/4 cups flour 00
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • frying oil
  • Milk Cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • lemon zest
  • cinnamon (pwdered)
  • chocolate cips
Instructions
    Dough
    • In a bowl, add the egg, the spoonful of sugar, the salt, and the flour until a smooth and homogeneous mixture is obtained.
    • Then flatten the dough very thinly on a pastry board and prepare strips as large as lasagna.
    • Fry the sheets in hot frying oil until they turn golden, and the bubbles emerge, and let them drain for a while on absorbent paper.
  1. Milk Cream
    • Put the milk (keep ½ cup aside), the lemon zest, the sugar, and the cinnamon powder in a saucepan and cook over low heat.
    • While the milk is heating up, pour the starch into a bowl and dissolve it with the remaining cold milk.
    • Then, add the latter to the milk in the saucepan and mix it continuously with a whisk.
    • Once the mixture starts to thicken, remove it from the heat.
  2. Assembling
    • Put a layer of fried dough sheets on the bottom of a serving dish, pour part of the cream evenly, and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
    • Then repeat the operation, alternating layers of fried sheets, cream, and cinnamon until it ends with cinnamon.
    • Keep the dessert in the refrigerator for at least hours, then garnish with chocolate chips.
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