the cuccia : a typical dessert
Cuccìa is a typical dessert in the period leading up to Christmas and is always present at Sicilian tables the day of Saint Lucia. It is a very humble and simple desert prepared with boiled wheat and flavoured with bay leaves and orange peels whose more artisan versions nevertheless require more time than most people have available. Despite this, on the 13th December Sicilian grandmothers bring the corn with a few chickpeas to boil in salted water for at least three hours. Then they drain it and leave it to cool down with some orange peel, giving it a fragrant aroma. Tradition requires that it is laced with cooked wine, but there are more elaborate variants with creamed ricotta cheese and chocolate chips or with custard and cinnamon.