The Olivette Di Sant'Agata, are prepared near the feast of the Holy Mistress of the City of Catania. As the name suggests, they are olive-shaped sweets prepared with green almond paste to which liqueur is usually added.
These green oval-shaped sweets are linked to a miraculous event that occurred during Agata's life. One day, hunted by Quinziano's Roman soldiers, the tired and hungry girl stopped to catch her breath. It was then that, putting on her shoes again, Agata suddenly saw a small olive tree arise which in a very short time and inexplicably became large and loaded with olives.
This miraculous episode represents the fertility of the Earth. In fact, tradition has it that the olive trees of Sant'Agata are donated as a sign of good wishes for fertility and abundance.
Compared to the original recipe (500 grams of granulated sugar for 500 grams of almond flour), we have reduced the amount of sugar thus enhancing the taste of the almonds.
About the author
My name is Francesca and I am 51 years old and I am a mother of two boys and guardian of two other boys (my grandchildren). I worked for 30 years in a bakery and I cultivated a love for good food and Sicilian traditions in the kitchen. The large family "forced" me to take action to cook for many people, also trying to follow an economic line that would satisfy everyone by spending as little as possible (as a good housewife and mother of a family) while trying to maintain taste and quality. As a hobby I sing in a gospel choir