The Umbrian recipe for this Christmas speciality originates in the small town of Terni and its surrounding area. The Italian name literally translates as ‘peppered bread’, referring to the spices, which include some ground black pepper. The recipe has medieval roots and is typical of the kind of recipes attributed to that period of history, when spices and other expensive ingredients were used in generous quantities for special-occasion dishes. Several versions of a similar recipe, with exactly the same name, exist in various parts of Central Italy.
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