Al Bisulan (traditional cake from the city of Mantua)

Al Bisulan was the typical dessert of my city of the poor social classes in the old times. It was a Christmas’ dessert, very dry and compact because of the lack of the baking soda, and because of its compactness it was usually served immersed in the typical wine of the region, the Lambrusco. The taste is similar of that of a big biscuit, I personally love it.

Time of preparation

about 1 hour



What did I use

a large bowl, a baking tray, a sheet of oven paper


400 gr of white flour

150 gr of sugar

150 gr of fat (lard or butter)

two eggs

few drops of anise liquor or vanilla extract

How did I do

I mixed all the ingredients in the bowl. The dough has to be kneaded well!

I formed an “S” with it on the baking tray covered with oven paper and I baked at 175°C for 30-40 minutes, until brownish on the surface.

I waited for it to cool down and I sprinkled with icing sugar before serving it. With wine, it is a classic, but it is very good also immersed in coffee.

Buon appetito!

Si forma una ciambella o un “S” sulla placca del forno, senza stampo, (mettendo comunque la carta forno) e si cuoce infornando a forno ben caldo (175°) per 30-40 minuti circa.

Al Bisulan (traditional cake from the city of Mantua)

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