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Savoiardi di Plinio (Ladyfingers, using oil, flavored with lemon zest and vanilla; rolled in vanilla sugar)
Originated from: Italy
Occasion: Any time & special times
Contributed by: Anna-Maria Benvenuto

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2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Crisco oil
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons Magic baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla sugar for rolling

Original Italian Text
4 uove
1 t. zucchero
1 t. oglio Crisco
Vaniglia 1 c. te.
3 c. magich
2 1/2 t. farina
Dopo fatto tutte, l'impasto girare nel zucchero vaniglia. Forno 350 F. 10 minuti.


Combine ingredients.

Roll out dough.

Cut cookies in the shape of traditional ladyfingers.

Roll in vanilla sugar.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 F degree oven until they are golden -- about 10 minutes.


Mrs. Anna-Maria Benvenuto has collected hundreds of recipes from relatives, friends and neighbors over the years. She recorded the recipes in Italian in numerous notebooks, often naming the recipe after the person who gave it to her (The one in this entry was provided to her by her friend, Plinio). Being an avid baker Mrs. Benvenuto tried out many of the recipes herself. However, because of her talent and expertise, she did not feel the need to write detailed instructions as she knew how to make the recipes without them. However, when asked by this website's archivist (Mary Melfi) for details, she quickly volunteered the information. Nonetheless, as with most first generation Italian-Canadian handwritten recipes, it is understood that whoever attempts to duplicate them should have some knowledge of what they are doing.... While Mrs. Benvenuto was born in the Veneto region (in 1938) and has a natural fondness for recipes that come from this area, she found that as soon as she immigrated to Montreal, Quebec she developed an instant appreciation for all foods from her homeland.... Photo and English translation of original Italian text: Mary Melfi.

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