Michetta, The sweetbreads of Dolceacqua, Italy Recipe


The story of michetta:
The Marquis Doria sent a young bride who refused to give herself to him to prison to die. The population rose up and forced the Marquis Doria (1364) to stop this abuse of power and on the 16 of August there is a festival to celebrate the event. The women of the village created the “michetta” to celebrate this occasion. It is now the symbol of love and freedom

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients the-michetta

1kg flour, (2 lbs 3 oz.)
100g yeast, (3 1/2 oz.)
4 eggs
350g sugar, (13 oz.)
250g butter, ( 9 oz.)
Grated lemon zest,
Pinch salt
Warm water and Lombardo Marsala Sweet


Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the warm water and add it to the flour. Add the eggs, butter, lemon zest, salt and Marsala. Let the mixture rise for one hour and knead it. Shape it into an oval or knot shape. Place the michette on an oiled baking sheet and bake in the oven at 200ºc (400ºF) until it has a brown color on top.
Dampen the tops with a little water and dust with remaining sugar.