Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Under the Tuscan Sun

Tuscany is a truly beautiful place with its rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards.

Tuscany produces many culinary products that are quite different from the ones produced in the rest of Italy. One of these typical products is called Cialde di Montecatini. They can be purchased from specialty stores throughout the province.

The Cialde are sweet, face-sized wafers that are golden in color. One piece weighs about 46 g and contains approximately 210 calories.

If you were to crack open one, you will find that two layers of wafer shell sandwich a layer of crushed almonds and sugar. This thin layering gives it a crispy and fragile consistency.

This delicate sweet is normally consumed with either:
- a liqueur (specifically with a dessert wine called vin santo - another typical product of Tuscany)
- coffee
- tea
- hot chocolate
- ice cream / gelato

If you ever find yourself in Tuscany, don't miss out on this wonderful dessert!

1 comment:

  1. i have been fortunate to try these and they are delightful.