Aunt Mary's Sicilian Fig Rings
A Christmas tradition at my grandmother's house was Fig Ring Cookies.  Either my dad or the grandkids would grind the figs for Nanna Vi and Aunt Mary Tagliarini to prepare the cookies.   This recipe came from my Aunt Mary who shared years before she passed away at 92, we remember you with love.  Buon Natate
Qua. NA

Buon Natale  

6  lbs figs, steamed and chopped

2  cups honey

2  cups nutmeats

2  orange rings

1  tbsp. nutmeg

1  tbsp cinnamon

1  tbsp. cloves

1 tsp. black pepper

1  cup wine  (or 2 jiggers of whiskey

[Mix all ingredients together.]



5  lbs flour

1  lb. Spry (use today Crisco)

pinch of salt

pinch of Cream of Tarter

2  jiggers wine or whiskey

2  eggs (optional to brush on top)

1  tbsp. sugar (Aunt Nina's recipe added more sugar.)

1  cup water



Sift flour together all dry ingredients.  Add 1 cup of warm water to flour mixture and mix together, keep adding cold water until dough is stiff.  Knead till smooth - let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Knead again - rest 10 minutes more.  Divide the dough into four (4) equal parts.  Roll out and cut into desired lenght.  Fill and roll.

Brush tops with beaten eggs if desired.  At top add a few small vent slits.

Bake 350 degrees, bake until golden brown.


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