Migliaccio senese

Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;

1. Product name:
Migliaccio senese

2. Other names:

3. Short product description:
The migliaccio has a flat, round, omelette-like shape. It’s cooked in a pan greased with lard, dusted with icing sugar, garnished with nuts and fortified with traditional Sienese sweets.

4. Production area:
Throughout the province of Siena

5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active

6. Production process:
The migliaccio senese is a very rich sweet made with pig’s blood, egg, flour, sugar, lard, stock, chopped nuts, dried biscuits and traditional Sienese sweets like panforte and cavallucci.
Method: Soak the finely sliced panforte with the crushed biscuits and cavallucci in hot stock diluted with water. If everything doesn’t dissolve properly, place it on the heat, add some more stock and use a spoon to mash it up. When the mixture is ready, slowly add the blood until it’s the right consistency and season with salt. Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture, adding, if needed, some flour to get a thick and creamy consistency. If the mixture is too thick, water, milk or vin santo is added. Afterwards, it’s left to rest for a few minutes, it’s cooked like an omelette in a 20cm-diameter pan greased with lard. Once cooked, the omelettes are served stacked on a plate, dusted with vanilla sugar and garnished with the nuts.

7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
– Kitchen utensils
– 20cm-diameter pan

8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
Siena’s migliacci are sugary and richer than varieties made elsewhere (i.e. in Prato and Pistoia). They are almost a dessert as the blood is sweetened not only with sugar, but also panforte and cavallucci, the traditional city sweets (the blood is a considered an “excuse” as the base is really just panforte and cavalluci).

9. Production:
Production is mainly household based, even though it can be found at some small town festivals and in some agriturismi.

Product type
Fresh pastries and bakery products, biscuits, pastry and confectionery
Production area

Tutta la provincia di Siena.