Lenten Husbands

Lenten Husbands are a typical Roman dessert prepared during Lent. Husbands are similar to small sandwiches with raisins, pine nuts and candied fruit inside.

In the Middle Ages they were eaten to make up for the period of Lenten fasting, the custom also wanted that on the first Friday of March, a husbandzzo was donated by the boys to their girlfriends to hide gold jewelry inside.


  • 100 g of leavened bread dough;
  • 300 g of flour;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 65 g of butter at room temperature;
  • 60 g of sugar;
  • 90 g of raisins;
  • 40 g of pine nuts;
  • 40 g of diced candied citron;
  • salt.


Knead the bread dough with the flour, 20 g of butter, a pinch of salt and an egg. Form a ball, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 6 hours.

Soak the raisins just before the leavening time is over.

Take the dough and add the remaining 45 g of butter, sugar and the remaining egg. Knead until the mixture is homogeneous. At this point add the pine nuts, the citron and the squeezed and dried raisins. Work well to amalgamate everything.

Form many sandwiches of about 5-6 cm in diameter, slightly elongated at the ends and place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for another 8 hours (overnight).

Brush the sandwiches with milk and bake at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Take the Lenten hubby out of the oven and let them cool down on a grill before eating them.

Cookies With Smarties and M&M’s

Cookies with Smarties or M&M’s are very suitable cookies for your children, ideal for a birthday party, for example.


  • 2 eggs;
  • 150 gr of butter at room temperature;
  • 80 gr of icing sugar;
  • 280 gr of flour;
  • 1 tablespoons of yeast and cakes;
  • smarties or M&M’s.


Whip the butter with the powdered sugar. Whip until you get a nice white foamy cream.

Sift the flour together with the baking powder and add it to the whipped butter. Mix well, then add the eggs one at a time. Knead until a homogeneous mixture is obtained, then form a ball, wrap it in transparent film and let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Roll out the dough to a height of about one centimeter, then cut out the biscuits with the forms that you have available. Place the biscuits on a baking tray covered with baking paper.

Push 4 or 5 Smarties or M&M’s on the surface of the cookies and bake at 180 degrees for 12 minutes.

Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool down on a grill before eating.

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