La Befana, typical Sicily sweets
The visit of La Befana is celebrated on Epiphany Eve (January 5) throughout Italy and in Sicily. La Befana is a friendly witch with a broomstick, shawl, and sack filled with sweets and gifts for children. She originally set out to meet the Baby Jesus, but never found her way to Bethlehem. To this day, in an attempt to catch up with the Wise Men, on the eve of Epiphany, she stops at every home, leaving sweets and gifts for well-behaved children in stockings that they’ve hung in their windows. Naughty children are left coal. The typical Sicilian sweets of this event are:
– Buccellati (Cucciddati) o Turtiglina, a thin pastry wrapped around a filling of dried figs and nuts.
– Carbone di zucchero della Befana, sweet coal
– Tetù (o Tatù) e Teio, shortcrust pastry with almonds and chocolate black and white
– Cantucci, almond coockies
My favorite is Buccellati!