How to Bake 'Baby Jesus Pillows' Buccellatini 🇮🇹

by Sonia Fares/سونيا فارس /Соня фарис

I love the name in English 'baby Jesus pillows'. So appropriate for Christmas. And it is a Sicilian Christmas tradition. They are filled with figs and walnuts flavored spices and Sicilian oranges 🎄


  • Dough
  • 450 Grams Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking powder /1 envelope
  • 85 Inches Butter
  • 100 Grams Sugar
  • 200 Milliliters Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • Filling
  • 250 Grams Dried figs
  • 100 Grams Oarnge juice & zest
  • 100 Grams Marsala
  • 100 Grams Walnuts
  • 100 Grams Raisins or sultanas or??
  • Spices
  • Cinnamon, anis, cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 20 Grams Corn starch
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Flour250g + 85g butter + sugar 100g + 200ml milk + 2 medium eggs. And 1tsp salt + 2 tsp baking powder

    Step 2

    Put flour, salt, baking powder in a food processor. Few pulses to mix. Add sugar and pulse. Add butter. Pulse and while the machine turning add the 2 eggs the the milk. You might not need all milk

    Step 3

    Add sugar and pulse

    Step 4

    Add butter. pulse

    Step 5

    Mix the eggs and milk. Add to flour mixture while processor is on

    Step 6

    This is the dough soft and very sticky. But no worry it will b easy to work it

    Step 7

    Put in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hrs or more. Overnight will b best

    Step 8

    Make a circle or

    Step 9


    Step 10

    The filling:. Dried figs 250g, cranberries or sultanas 100 g, walnuts 100g, Marsala wine or grand mariner 100g or? orange zest and juice 100g spices: cinnamon 1tsp, cloves 1/2 tsp, anis 1tsp

    Step 11

    In the food processor, chop the figs and walnuts. Transfer to a bowl add the cranberries, the Marsala wine, the orange juice + the zest, the spices. Mix and let soak for few hours. Best overnight

    Step 12

    Add walnuts

    Step 13

    Put in a bowl. Add the liquor and orange juice

    Step 14

    Leave to soak 6 hrs++*

    Step 15

    This is optional but I find it helps to absorb the extra liquid from the filling. So with a wire strainer. Sift the corn starch over the filling

    Step 16

    After six hrs. I cut the dough into 4 . Work with one quarter and put back the rest in the fridge

    Step 17

    The dough is very sticky but with flour dusting it is perfect and easy to work with. Spread the quarter cut into rectangles.

    Step 18

    Put 1 tsp of filling like above

    Step 19

    Fold over and close with a fork

    Step 20

    Put on a non stick baking tray. It doesn't need greasing

    Step 21

    Bake 20 mins in a preheated oven170C

    Step 22

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    Step 24

    I made some 1/2 moon

    Step 25

    Out of the oven dust with icing sugar

    Step 26

    Step 27