This time-honoured cake originates in the city of Naples and the surrounding region of Campania, and dates back many centuries to ancient Rome. It was traditionally made to symbolise fertility and was always baked to celebrate the beginning of spring. Today it is an essential part of the Easter feast for all Neapolitans. It is quite an unusual recipe as it is made with cooked wheat grain. You should be able to find this in specialist delicatessens or health food stores, but if not you can substitute it (see Cook’s Tip).
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