The “Bersagliere”
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If you visit Centuripe during the Christmas season, it’s easy to find an opportunity to sample “Bersagliere”, a cake covered with chocolate that was created during the Second World War. It appears that the origin of this cake is linked to the landing of American troops in Sicily in 1943, which at that time were generically called “Bersaglieri”. When the Irish, Canadians and Americans arrived in Centuripe, housewives were engaged in the preparation of a traditional cake, similar to panettone. Their sense of hospitality inspired them to merge their cake with the chocolate that the Americans brought. The result of this sweet encounter was the “bersagliere”, which entered soon became part of the local tradition.

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! If you visit Centuripe during the Christmas season, it’s easy to find an opportunity to sample “Bersagliere”, a cake covered with chocolate that was created during the Second World War. It appears that the origin of this cake is linked to the landing of American troops in Sicily in 1943, which at that time were generically called “Bersaglieri”. When the Irish, Canadians and Americans arrived in Centuripe, housewives were engaged in the preparation of a traditional cake, similar to panettone. Their sense of hospitality inspired them to merge their cake with the chocolate that the Americans brought. The result of this sweet encounter was the “bersagliere”, which entered soon became part of the local tradition.  

 

 

 


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