In the heart of the vibrant city of Naples, just steps away from us, lies a true culinary treasure: the Neapolitan pastiera. This traditional dessert is a veritable icon of Neapolitan cuisine, rich in history, significance, and flavor.

Origins and history

The roots of pastiera date back to ancient Rome, where it was prepared in honor of the fertility goddess Ceres during spring celebrations. However, it is within the Christian tradition that the dessert acquired an even deeper meaning, becoming a symbol of Easter. The Neapolitan pastiera, as we know it today, has its roots in the 18th century when the nuns of the San Gregorio Armeno convent began preparing and spreading it among the local population.

In addition to its extraordinary flavor, the Neapolitan pastiera is imbued with symbolic meanings associated with Easter and the rebirth of nature. Its ingredients represent the fruits of the earth and the arrival of spring, while the decorative cross on the surface of the dessert symbolizes the crucifixion of Christ. It is tradition to prepare the pastiera well in advance of Easter, allowing the flavors time to meld and mature.

Ingredients and Preparation

The Neapolitan pastiera is a masterpiece of flavors and textures, with a crumbly crust and a creamy, fragrant filling. The main ingredients include wheat cooked in milk, fresh ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, candied fruit, and orange blossom water. The preparation is a laborious process that requires time and dedication: the wheat is slowly cooked until it becomes a dense cream, the ricotta is sieved to make it smooth and free of lumps, and the other ingredients are carefully blended until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. The dough is then rolled out into a baking dish, filled with the filling, and finally baked in the oven until golden brown.

The Sweetness of Special Moments

The Neapolitan pastiera is much more than just a dessert: it is a culinary experience that brings families together and celebrates traditions. It is a pleasure to savor every bite, with its combination of sweetness, aromas, and textures. The Neapolitan pastiera is much more than a dessert: it is an icon of Italian cuisine, a symbol of Easter, and a testament to the rich history and culture of the city of Naples.

Pastiera made by Igloo

Thanks to Igloo frozen products, you can offer your customers all the flavor and aroma of authentic Neapolitan pastiera. Prepared with quality ingredients, it is frozen and ready to cook for a homemade result in appearance and taste. Available in sizes of 1.2kg, 600g, and single-serving format. A delicious treat to offer your customers all year round!