Auntie’s corner: Crescentine

This week I was in Seattle for a conference. Which kept me very busy and away for the computer for almost 3 whole days! Can you imagine how many emails I have to go through now?!?!

Well to forget about the emails I will introduce you to Daniela of Penna & Forchetta (Pen & Fork). Daniela is this month’s guest for Auntie’s corner, the series in which I bring you recipes from some of my Italian readers. Daniela is a great photographer and provides amazing recipes that are always translated in English. So head over to her blog and have a look at what is cooking in her kitchen!

Daniela gave us a great gift: she shared her family recipe for crescentine, a type of fried bread often enjoyed with cured meats and other appetizer in Emilia. She used to eat these crescentine during the big family lunches with aunts, uncles and cousins at her grandmother’s country house in Emilia, close to where now a string of earthquakes has caused many to loose their houses.

Give it a try and you will want to have eat these over and over again! And maybe you will start a new family tradition and make some happy memories of your family eating Daniela’s crescentine somewhere on the other side of the world!


    • 400 g flour
    • 1 packet of instant yeast
    • 1 teaspoon of lard
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 200 ml of water

For frying:

  • seed oil
  • lard


  1. I put in a bowl the flour, salt, baking powder, lard and a teaspoon of water.
  2. I mix quickly.
  3. I put the flour on work surface, and with the help of rolling pin, I lay out the dough until it becomes 3-4 mm high.
  4. I cut the dough into diamond shapes about 7 cm long.
  5. In a pan warm up some oil with a little lard. When the oil is hot I fry 2 to 3 crescentine every time. I serve accompanied by prosciutto, mortadella, squaquerone cheese, pickled red onions and a nice glass of red wine

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