martedì 9 giugno 2009
The wedding cake
Like any party that respects the marriage has its moment "sweet"!
There is, today, the wedding feast that does not end with the tasting of delicious desserts and wedding cake designed to dazzle the eyes and delight the palate!
Cakes and sweets cheer the tables of major events since ancient times, formerly the ancient Romans used to offer a sweet young wife round made of honey and fruit, such as fertility and wish the same were the Greeks that when consumed marriages sesame cakes and honey as a sign of hope and fertility.
In the Middle Ages, however, marriages of nobles was used to prepare the White Eat a sweet made of flour, eggs, cheese and ginger taste very special.
It 's just the first of the twentieth century that the wedding cake, as we, appears on the tables prepared for the wedding and it looks almost shyly, as long his "performance" was considered synonymous with lack of sophistication ...
From the fifties fashion will change and with it the views: the wedding cake becomes part of the holiday menu and then is seen as completing unique and essential to every wedding dinner.
Even when there was little to spend, the economies of poor rural areas, the wedding cake could not miss a conclusion of the banquet. They were just sweet, because the ingredients were not packaged for economic, prepared by the wise hands of the mother of the bride or the closest relatives often met since the week preceding the wedding to cure all the preparations. In most cases, the cake was made of sponge cake soaked Vermouth, stuffed creams and covered with frosting, but no region in Italy has not developed one or more traditional recipes to celebrate the wedding day.
Sardinian confectionery in art, for example, in addition to the amaretti, small traditional cakes that could not miss the wedding, was used to prepare the cake of the bride. This dessert from very ancient origins was already mentioned in documents of the seventeenth century and its preparation was very long and delicate. The pasta made of flour, water, salt and lard contained a filling of honey, walnuts, cinnamon and orange rind. What struck most of the sweet was the final appearance: a white rose that remained perfectly intact even after cooking.
A Boccassuolo, in Modena, there is still the tradition of cake Flippa the Flippa, a sister or a close relative of the bride, was formerly responsible for the success of the festival. It was she who oversee the kitchen, the habit of the bride, the choice of ladies of honor but especially cured cakes: the cake of Flippa was to be the most beautiful, the most good, and was served at the end of the banquet the evening at home husband.
Contrary to the traditional rule of non-ostentation, the wedding cakes are, in addition to spouses means, the protagonists of modern marriages. Showing a triumph of form and decoration that is unprecedented even come to steal the scene, but for a few seconds, the bride ...
But under under the good confectioner knows that, beyond the forms, to celebrate the solemnity of the moment we must rely on tradition and rarely suggest to a wedding cake, other than a millefeuille or a cake with whipped cream.
The wedding cake has a greeting and is rich in symbolism: its circular shape symbolizes the heavenly protection that spouses claiming the pair, the various layers, whether they are superimposed on one another whether they are supported by alzatine, forming a scale to represent the path of life that spouses along together, on top of the classic figurines to represent the spouses, or Swan, a symbol of monogamous relationship, or rose representing love!
The cutting of the cake is an important moment: joining their hands weddings enshrine the beginning of their married life that, at least for that day and for that banquet, continues gently with the distribution of confetti and bomboniere to relatives.
The tradition of offering guests bomboniere is very old and dates back at the end of'500. Bomboniera The term comes from French bon-bon means precisely that little sweet, it was because of small objects in miniature accompanied by sweets which the spouses give to the guests. The first bomboniere were packed with rare materials and therefore had a great artistic value. With the spread of used spread the tradition of preparing bomboniere at home and, once again, were the skilled hands of mothers, or those of the bride, for building small embroidered handkerchiefs in which wrap home-made biscuits.
The bride's biscuits were preparing at home more than two centuries ago. It is lined with a mixture of sugar, flour, salt, oil and eggs which are added almonds and walnuts. The dough was worked carefully before being divided into narrow and long loaves that were baked for half an hour. Then let cool, cut into small pieces and go back in oven to toast.
Even today in Trentino is usually distribute cròfani small cakes called 'confetti of the spouses'. They are fried cakes, shaped oval, with a kernel inside the nut and sugar outside. There are many testimonies, including century, mentioning the cròfani between distributed sweets during the marriage by spouses to relatives and friends.
The wedding cake, was developed at the wealthy classes from the seventeenth century. The custom batch of cookies and pastries brought by invited to form a heap, whose height corresponded to the future prosperity 'spouse, according to a belief would be transformed from "mountain" dolce ungainly in a Glassato plans after the goal' '600 by a French chef.
Royalties's symbolic wedding cake, instead were born in the late Anglo-Saxon countries. The circular, is the heavenly protection evoked the spouses, the ring symbolizes a promise without end. The raise that underpin the various plans, or the layers that overlap each other, are a kind of scale of married life, where the spouses deal with a path made of joys and difficulties'. The wedding cake, whole scope before the celebrated, should have started by cutting the first husband (with the laid her hand on her) and completed by the bride. Then the wife should serve the cake to neo-husband, the mother-in-law, the mother, the father-in-law, father and witnesses, thus symbolizing 'acquisition of the role of mistress of the new family.
In Italy until the first goal 'of'900 tradition of the wedding cake has not attracted large consensus, because' marriages more ' "in" at the time (those gifts or high representation) ended with a simple dessert. But by the fifties this kind of sweet and 'become "a symbol" of the celebrations of every social class.