Ciambella Lucchese

Sweet Raisin and Anise Bread from Lucca

Preparation info
  • Makes


    large ring-shaped loaf
    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

  • About

The narrow, winding streets of Lucca strongly evoke an era when it was possible to visit European cities without fear of being hit by a tour bus. Relatively calm and not at all crowded, Lucca preserves many traditions of antique Tuscan cooking, among them the circular ciambella, sometimes called buccellato, from the Latin for “bracelet.”

I like the ciambella lucchese because it is sweet and cakelike yet, since it contains no fat of any kind, is relatively low in