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Breakfast Rolls

Gialetti or Zaletti

A specialty of Romagna eaten for breakfast or as a snack with wine.

Makes 2 dozen 2 x 2 inch buns


21 ounces cornmeal (3 1/2 -4 cups)

12 ounces King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour (3 cups)

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

11 ounces butter, melted and cooled (3 sticks minus 1 tablespoon)

7 ounces sugar (1 cup)

1/2 cup diced raisins previously soaked

1/2 cup pine nuts

Zest of 1 large lemon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

milk as needed (1/2- 2/3 cup)

Confectioners sugar


Mix the cornmeal, flour and baking powder together and stir in softened butter, sugar, raisins, salt, nuts, zest, vanilla and enough milk to make a dough that holds together and is not dry.

Pinch off pieces of dough to make small balls the size of a small apricot. Place them on buttered sheets and bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until nicely browned . When warm roll in confectioners sugar.


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