Although we’re on our way home this year, I wanted to share our Epiphany feast from last year. I hope you might have one, also. All our kids enjoy the recipes in this delicious Italian feast.
At the last minute I decided to make our feast of the Epiphany. The past few years, the kids have been gone on January 6, but Gentry & Hunter were here this year.
Sunday morning I made a grocery list of a few items to grab after church. Then, we headed home to make a very easy feast.
I made the Cenci dough. Cenci means “rags”. In Italy, it is believed that La Befana flies around in her rags, filling the kids’ socks with small gifts.
If you only have 4 people, you should 1/2 this recipe 🙂
Mix together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 large eggs, 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons brandy, 1 tablespoon vanilla. If you don’t want to use brandy, add more vanilla.
The dough was still in crumbles, so I added a little bit of water.
I’m done…let it sit while I go to church.
I set out a plate of appetizers to nibble.
Italians enjoy cheese and sliced meats as appetizers, so I followed suit.
Start the ragu by sauteeing onion, carrot, celery stalk and garlic in olive oil. When they are soft, I added some mushrooms.
I didn’t have an hour, so I added 1/2 can of tomato paste to thicken the sauce more quickly.
After simmering about 15 minutes, I added sliced sausage. Our sausage is from one of Steve’s deer and is very spicy. For that reason, I did not add any extra spices. The spices from the sausage blended into the sauce for a tasty ragu.
It was truly a feast.
I should have rolled ours thinner.
Using a pastry wheel, cut strips of dough (about 3″ x 1″). Then cut a strip down the middle, so you have 2 strips that can be twisted, but still connected at the top.
The small skilled took very little oil.
Enjoy while warm…that’s the best way to eat cenci.
Overall, it was a wonderful time of fellowship before Gentry & Hunter left for Houston later in the afternoon.
Our Christmas break was truly a time of family, fellowship, food & fun! Our feast of the Epiphany was a great to end our time together.
For more resources about Epiphany, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Question: How did you celebrate during the Christmas break?
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For more resources on the celebration of Epiphany:
Feast of the Epiphany blog post – More details about celebrating Epiphany & the arrival of the Wise Men
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