Jam biscuits from Puglia
Biscotti ripieni di cotognata
These jam biscuits capture the essence of Puglia in the winter time in one sweet bite. But bakeries sell them all year round.
Winter in Puglia tastes of cotognata. A thick, sweet marmalade made from quince, grapes, plums, prunes, figs or whatever comes your way. Every household seems to have their own recipe, for cotognata is not a preserve that can be bought in ordinary shops. It is a homemade pleasure or a gift received as a token of appreciation or friendship.
In Puglian bakeries you can, however, buy cotognata filled panzerottini jam biscuits. Or you can make them at home, take a bite, close your eyes and pretend you are in Puglia the south of Italy.
If you haven’t got quince, grapes and figs or cotognata you can replace it by vegetarian English mincemeat or fig or quince jam.