Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
La Terra Fortunata

By Fred Plotkin

Published 2001

  • About

This is a famous Triestine Easter cake representing the sponge that was used to wipe Christ’s brow. When hot, pinza is delicious with a slice of boiled ham or dipped in melted chocolate.


For the Sponge

  • 1 envelope (¼ ounce/7 g) active dry baking yeast
  • 1


First, make a sponge by dissolving the yeast in ⅔ cup/150 ml tepid water in a large bowl and then adding the flour. Thoroughly combine, using a wooden spoon. Cover with a cloth and let stand in a warm place until the sponge doubles in volume, about 30 to 45 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, eggs, and the egg white. Combine the sugar and milk well and add to the flour an