Neapolitan Easter

25 Apr

Every Easter when we’re in San Diego we do a traditional Neapolitan breakfast, prepared in the days before Easter by Nonna, the tiniest grandma in the world.

A Neapolitan breakfast consists of homemade hot chocolate, braided sweet bread flavored with orange zest and almond, baked eggs and thinly sliced Italian salami.

Italian hot chocolate is thicker than American hot chocolate.  We thin it with milk or coffee.  It’s not overly sweet and has a rich cocoa aftertaste. Delicious.The bread – trecette, meaning “little braids” – is dense and sweet.  It is a cross between a scone and a sweet roll and is decorated with raw sugar and sprinkles for crunch.  The egg at the top of the bread is placed in the braid before baking – the result is a baked egg, the consistency of a hard boiled egg.The sweet bread and rich egg are really nice with the salty meat.This and the rain always mark the beginning of Easter (except if you are in San Diego where it really doesn’t rain).

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6 Responses to “Neapolitan Easter”

  1. Lynsey April 25, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    So cute!

  2. Kathryn April 25, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Oh my, a. this looks so delicious, and b. your sisters are adorable and your nonna is gorgeous- you will all age beautifully 🙂

  3. Alison April 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Great picture of the sisters with your grandma! And that breakfast looks awesome!

  4. Torcat April 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I love the sprinkles on the braided bread, and Italian hot chocolate sounds like my kind of hot chocolate! Yum. And what a beautiful family!

  5. Briana April 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    You all look so beautiful!

  6. Diz April 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks to all! What a wonderful Easter – and beautiful memory!

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