Mustacciuoli

Mustacciuoli
Alternative names Mustaccioli, Mostaccuoli
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Naples
Main ingredients Flour, almonds, chocolate, sugar, cloves, coffee, olive oil
Cookbook: Mustacciuoli  Media: Mustacciuoli

Mustacciuoli (also known as mustaccioli or mostaccioli) are traditional pastries from Naples, usually served at Christmas time.

Mustaccioli take the form of a parallelogram, and consist of a soft, spiced, cake-like interior, covered in chocolate. In recent years, they are many variations of mostaccioli sold in Naples, where the chocolate glaze may be replaced by a white chocolate frosting or icing sugar and candied fruit. Mustaccioli are often sold alongside other Neapolitan sweets including Roccocò, raffiuoli, susamielli, and struffoli at Christmastime.

History

The name "mustaccioli" is related to the use of grape must in older recipes (mostacea was the Latin name). Neapolitan mostaccioli were mentioned by Bartolomeo Scappi, personal cook of Pope Pius V as part of his pranzo alli XVIII di ottobre (October 18th lunch). [1]

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