Maritozzo is a typical sweet from Rome, spread throughout Lazio; it is a loaf cut in half and stuffed with whipped cream or custard. Its history is very ancient and linked to some popular Roman traditions.
The origins of maritozzo date back to ancient Rome; it is said that women prepared it as a meal for farmers to work outdoors all day long.
It seems that in the middle ages maritozzo was a sweet prepared during Lent and enriched with pine nuts, raisins and candied; was one of the few “transgressions” granted during this period of abstinence.
With the passing of time, maritozzo has become a good wish for the future bride. In fact, the boyfriends used to give to their women this loaf, which usually contained a small gift for the beloved. The sweet name comes from this custom: maritozzo is in fact a popular way to say “husband”. This gift was given to the girlfriend on the first Friday of March, the ancient Valentine’s Day and usually contained a jewel.
Today maritozzo is a sweet stuffed with custard or whipped cream that is easy to find in all the Roman pastries; depending on the area, is also called maritello or panmarito.
The recipe we propose here is that of typical roman maritozzo with raisins, pine nuts and candied and a filling of whipped cream. The procedure is a bit long, but it’s worth it!
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