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Genovesi from Erice, perfect marriage between pastry and cream

The typical Genovese from Erice made by famous Maria Grammatico Patisserie
Do you know what a genovese is in Sicily? It is a pastry filled either with ricotta cream or a very delicate milky-custard cream. The most famous genovesi, at least in the western part of Sicily, are the ones made in the medieval village of Erice, in the province of Trapani. 

They are delicious, soft and tasty, especially if eaten warm. Here there is the recipe of the genovesi made by the famous Patisserie of Maria Grammatico in Erice.
Ingredients and preparation: 

250 g hard wheat flour
250 g flour 00
200 g sugar
200 g butter or margarine cut in pieces
4 yolks
Some table spoons of cold water
Icing sugar to sprinkle on top

2 yolks
150 g sugar
40 g starch (wheat or corn)
½ lt milk
grated lemon zest
Pastry preparation:
1. Mix both the two flours with the sugar in a large bowl.
2. Add the pieces of butter, then the yolks one after another, stirring slowly with a professional spatula. 3. Add the water until the pastry is soft and elastic. 4. Form a ball without kneading too much otherwise it will get hard. 5. 
Wrap the pastry in plastic and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 6. Roll it out giving them an oval shape, like shown in the picture.

Cream preparation and baking:
1. Preheat the oven at 200° degrees. 
2. In a bowl beat the yolks with the sugar using a whisk. 
3. In a sauce pan on a low heat melt carefully the starch in a half glass of milk, then add the remaining milk and mix well. 
4. Pour the mix of yolks and sugar into the milk slowly. Keep stirring for 10-15 minutes, until it becomes solid and smooth. Add the grated lemon zest. 
5. Once ready put the cream in a bowl and let it cool down. 
My homemade Genovese
6. Once is cold take a couple of spoons of cream and fill the oval shaped pastries, one after another (about 2 cm in diameter). Then stick together the two parts giving the shape of half moon, like in the picture.
7. Once they are all filled, place them on an oven tray and bake them for 8-10 minutes (200° C) at the most. You should have about 15 genovesi. 
8. Finally, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve while still warm.  


  1. Anonymous ha detto:

    Buoni…Mooolto buoni!

  2. Georgia C. ha detto:

    Thanks to both for your comment. I am very glad you like genovesi 🙂

  3. catherine11 ha detto:

    Loving this recipe so much. I made it at my grandma’s house. The combination of recipes goes well with each other and the taste is certainly admirable. and http://www.coffeefashion .com also have interesting recipes that you’ll surely want to try!

  4. Anonymous ha detto:

    I want to make these for my kids but I don't know what hard wheat flour is and oo flour, please explain also how do I convert the measures

  5. Georgia C. ha detto:

    Hard wheat and 00 flour are two different qualities of flour, the 00 one is the most common flour and you can find it anywhere.

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