Strenna (cake)

Strenna (Corsican; a strenna; [1] from Latin "strēna", word probably of Sabine origin, with the meaning "gift of good luck", cf. Italian "Strenna") is a Corsican pie having generally a round shape. [1] The pie is typical of the cuisine of Corsica and originates from the city of Vico in Corse-du-Sud. [1] Strenna is prepared for New Year's Day, and given as present by villagers to relatives coming to offer new year's wishes. [1] [2]


Its main ingredients are wheat flour, shortening (sdruttu), brocciu, eggs, grated orange zest, egg yolk, sugar, olive oil and sugared milk. [1] A dough is prepared with flour, sdruttu, eggs and sugared milk. [1] The dough is kneaded, left to rest and divided in two parts. [1] Then brocciu is passed through a sieve and mixed with eggs, sugar, olive oil and grated orange zest to make the stuffing. [1] The dough is rolled out in two disks of equal size: one is put in a cake pan greased with oil, and then is punched with a fork. [1] The brocciu mix is put above it, then the other dough disk is put above the mix, punched with a fork and stuck to the lower dough layer by hands. [1] The pie is brushed with egg yolk and baked one hour in warm oven. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Schapira, Christiane (1994). La bonne cuisine corse (in French). Paris: Solar. p. 131. ISBN 2263001778.
  2. "Strenna". (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2014.
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