This is review is all about one of my favourite pre-packaged Italian cookies: Settembrini.
I utterly fell in love with Italian cookies on a short break to Rome several years ago. We’d found a Spar and got a cheap bag of Cuor di Mela – delicious and lightly sweet tender cookies with a heart of apple. They were so good, in fact, that we managed to demolish an entire second bag before our flight home!
Now these cookies arn’t all that easy to find in my patch of the UK, though of course if you’re somewhere near a good Italian deli you might be more successful. In Munich though, I know of at least three places I can score some of my favourite brand of Italian cookies.
These Settembrini are delicate, light and tender cookies with a lightly crumbly texture. Barely sweet, they contain a delicious fig jam centre that’s lightly crunchy with sugar-crystal like seeds. In other words, these are the Italian answer to Fig Newtons or Fig Rolls… Only they’re far more delicate in texture and flavour, at least as far as I’m concerned anyway.
You’ll find the figgy middle is a blend of both fig and apple, lightening the flavour profile somewhat versus a British or American fig biscuit. Those generally contain only fig in the filling. As you’ll be able to tell from the picture, the filling isn’t as dense here either.
Mulino Bianco suggest three of these biscuits with one cup of tea is 185 calories… and given that they’re usually a bit more difficult find, it’s a good idea to ration them. If you’ve got the open biscuit barrel anywhere near you, I’m sure it’s possible to practically inhale the entire contents in one sitting. Save yourself. Leave it in the kitchen.
If you do happen across any of the Mulino Bianco range on your travels, I’m not sure you can go far wrong. At least, I’ve not come across any I’ve not liked. So then, what’s your favourite Italian cookie?