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Pignoccate, Pine Nut Crunch for Purim


Pignoccate is pine nut crunch, and is one of the traditional sweets Italian Jews who live in the Anconetano prepare for Purim.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 1/4 pounds (1 k) sugar
  • 1 7/8 pounds (800 g) pine nuts
  • A scant cup water
  • 1/4 pound (100 g) candied citron


Heat the water and sugar until the syrup reaches the thick thread stage -- if you squeeze a drop between moistened thumb and forefinger, and spread them, the syrup will form a thread an inch (2 cm) long -- being careful not to overheat the mixture or it will color. When it is the proper thickness, add the pine nuts and citron, and bring the pot back to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pot from the fire, and continue to stir until the mixture has cooled to the point you can work it with your hands, spreading it into a thin oval over either edible wafers, or oiled oven paper.

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