Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;
1. Product name:
Topi di Castell`Azzara
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3. Short product description:
Topi are half-moon or semi-circle-shaped sweets with a golden colour and dimensions of 4-5cm. Their organoleptic characteristics are similar to a traditional crisp, but they differ in their softer texture.
4. Production area:
Municipalities of Castell’Azzara and Orbetello, province of Grosseto.
5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active
6. Production process:
This sweet is prepared in two stages. First the filling is prepared. Chopped nuts are added to an equal amount of honey. This is mixed with flavourings like cinnamon and orange zest and cooked in a saucepan over moderate heat for around 40 minutes or until the mixture tastes and smells like croccante (an Italian brittle). In the second preparation stage, the pastry is made by mixing flour, egg, oil, mint rosolio liquor, sugar and leavening agents. Once mixed, the dough is shaped into circles with a diameter of 3-4cm. Before the filling cools, it’s shaped into stretched balls and placed on the pastry. The pastry is closed around it and it’s baked for 15 minutes.
7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
Topi di Castell’Azzara are traditional festival confections in the lower Maremma area. Their uniqueness comes from the use of croccante or brittle at the heart of a pastry.
Topi, like taglioli and ciaramito, are made by one pastry shop in Castell’Azzara. In rest of the province, they’re only made for personal consumption. It’s impossible to estimate the quantity in that production is focused in the Christmas period and mainly upon request. Castell’Azzara is experiencing a faze of depopulation, so each year, requests for the product decrease. That said, the tradition is still alive in the home and for personal consumption. The product is exclusively sold direct. In Castell’Azzara there is a group called the “Compagnia teatrale del Topone” that, in certain times of the year, performs a play called “Taglioli, topi e tagliole” throughout the province, during which they hand out the famous topi.