Tortelli di Natale

Tortelli di Natale al Forno o Fritti – A Traditional Christmas Recipe

Tortelli di NataleTortelli di Natale al Forno o Fritti

Christmas Tortelli Baked in the Oven or Fried

A filled pastry recipe of Modena and Reggio areas. These are Christmas cookies stuffed with custard or jam or with Christmas pesto.


For the dough

500 g of flour

150 g of sugar

50 g of butter

1 small bag of baking powder

2 eggs

1 small glass of Sassolino liqueur

For the custard

6 level tablespoons of flour

6 heaped tablespoons of sugar

6 yolks

half a litre of milk

lemon zest or vanilla


Make the dough by mixing all the ingredients on the working area. Blend the sugar into the yolks, add the flour and slowly pour the milk in a casserole pan, to make the custard, stirring continuously. Put the custard on the stove on a moderate heat, and always stirring, let it thicken. Flavour with vanilla or with the lemon zest to taste. At this point you can prepare the “tortelli”, by using the appropriate moulds, and bake them in the oven, placing them on a buttered plate sprinkled with breadcrumbs, or fry two or three “tortelli” at the time in boiling oil. Serve dusted with plenty of icing sugar.
Notes: The “tortelli” can be stuffed with sour cherry jam or with Christmas pesto. The “pesto” is prepared by mixing the plum jam with the sour cherry jam, pine nuts, cookies, sultana raisins, sweet cocoa, Sassolino liqueur, coffee powder and mustard.