Although these biscuits have an unhappy association, they are tender and tasty. The name refers to the time during which a bereaved family receives callers and serves them these biscotti with a glass of wine. In Campania and the Basilicata, these customs survive in out-of-the-way mountain villages that still cling to ancient traditions.
Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Combine the egg, honey, and olive oil or butter in a bowl, beat to mix, and pour into the flour mixture. Stir well to form a firm dough.
Remove the dough from the bowl to a floured surface and knead well, about 2 or 3 minutes. Flour the dough lightly, wrap in plastic, and allow to rest at room temperature about 1 hour.
Unwrap the dough, cut it into 12 pieces, and roll each piece into a rope about
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