Blessed Easter Abundance in Umbria

Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’d note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the outdoor, stone bread ovens fired up by the farmwomen. Holy Week for the Umbrian farmwomen is a busy one, an exhausting one. Making the torta di Pasqua (“Easter cake”) or pizza pasquale, as it is often called, in the stone bread ovens is a major task. The traditional Easter cake or pizza is a raised cheese bread made of eggs, flour, olive oil, salt, pepper, and three kinds of cheeses: parmigiano, pecorino and groviera.

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