Not many know that thepie, a classic among thedesserts grandmother's, it could be the oldest dessert in the traditionpastry chef Italian and it is not easy to trace the trees of this dessert.
There are several popular legends that tell of its birth, dating back to ancient times.
The first dates back to the pre-Christian era and features a beautiful mermaid named Partenope.
According to this myth, the beautiful Partenope, settled in the Gulf of Naples, every spring left her home in the depths of the abyss to return to the surface and cheer the inhabitants of the area with her sweet song.
The latter, as a sign of thanks, decided to send seven girls bearing the seven most precious things they had as a gift: flour, a symbol of strength and wealth; ricotta, the result of the hard work of the shepherds; eggs, a symbol of rebirth and renewal of life; soft wheat boiled in milk, as a symbol of the two kingdoms (terrestrial and marine); orange blossom water, a symbol of thanks for the gifts of nature; spices, representing distant peoples; and sugar, symbolizing the sweetness of the siren's song.
Partenope, joyfully accepted these gifts, brought them before the throne of the gods, who made an exquisite dessert, so good that the siren decided to give it back to the generous inhabitants.
But beyond myths and legends, it seems that the credit for the invention of this delicious cake is to be attributed to a nun of the convent of St. Gregory of Armenus, who created it to dedicate it to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also said that the strips of shortcrust pastry on the surface of the cake are reminiscent of the grates with which the cloistered nuns attended religious services.
This dessert of poor origin had a lot of luck throughout history, so much so that it even reached the tables of the nobles until it reached the court of the Bourbons. It is said that it was the only dessert able to make Queen Maria Theresa of Austria smile, wife of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon, nicknamed the Queen who never smiles.ai”.
The tart is a delicious dessert suitable for any occasion: crumbly and delicate, pleasant to enjoy in company or to serve to your children as a snack, a real delicacy!