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Cuccidati
Sicilian Fig Cookies
(Cuccidati)
 
 
Ingredients:
 
For the Dough:
4 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
 
Foe the Filling:
12 oz (340 grams) dried figs, finely diced
1/2 cup (50 grams) raisins
1/2 cup (30 grams) candied orange, diced
1/2 cup (50 grams) almonds, finely chopped
3 oz (85 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, cut into small dice
1/3 cup (100 grams) apricot preserve
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
 
Foe the Egg Wash:
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
Multicolored nonpareil (optional)
 
Directions:
 
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Run the blade a few times to mix.
 
Add the butter to the bowl and pulse to combine.
 
Add the eggs, and run the blade until forming a consistent dough.
 
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and wrap in a plastic foil. Place in the refrigerator.
 
Place the figs in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil.
 
Drain thoroughly and cool to room temperature.
 
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the figs, raisins, candied orange, almonds, chocolate, apricot preserve, rum, cinnamon and cloves.
 
Pulse the blade until a smooth compound is obtained.
 
Transfer the fig paste to a bowl.
 
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
 
Prepare the egg wash by beating the eggs with a pinch of salt.
 
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap it on a floured work surface.
 
Add a small quantity of flour.
 
Knead the dough to make it soft and smooth.
 
Cut the dough into 10 - 12 pieces. With the help of a rolling pin, flatten each piece into a rectangle approximately 3 x 15 inch (7 x 35 cm).
 
Brush the egg wash on the dough.
 
Place approximately 1/3 cup of filling in the center of the rectangle lengthwise.
 
Take one edge of the dough and bring it over the filling to form a roll.
 
With the palm of your hands roll the cylinder to make it even.
 
Cut the roll into 4-5 pieces approximately 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) long. Set them aside.
 
Continue forming the rolls until all the dough and the filling are used.
 
Using a sharp knife, cut 4 - 5 diagonal incisions on the surface of the rolls. You can also cut straight incisions on the surface of the rolls, and curve the cookies in a "U" shape, or cut the extremities and give the cookies an "X" shape.
 
Transfer the rolls to 3 cookie pans lined with parchment paper.
 
Brush the surface of the cuccidati with the remaining egg wash.
 
Optionally sprinkle with multicolored nonpareil.
 
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Transfer onto racks to cool.
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