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Piconi (baked ravioli from Marche)

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Ingredients

For the Dough (Makes 30 Pieces):

  • All-purpose flour: 3¼ cups (400 g)
  • Eggs (about 4 medium): 220 g
  • Extra virgin olive oil: 2 tablespoons (30 g)

For the Filling:

  • Pecorino (to be grated): 3 cups (300 g)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano DOP (to be grated): 3 cups (300 g)
  • Eggs (about 3 medium): 165 g
  • Lemon zest: 1 lemon
  • Fine salt: to taste
  • Black pepper: to taste

For Brushing:

  • Egg yolks: 1
  • Whole milk: 1½ tablespoons (20 g)

Preparation

  1. To prepare the Marchigiani piconi, in a bowl, combine the flour, eggs, and olive oil. Mix well with your hands until you have a smooth and homogeneous dough.
  2. Transfer the dough onto a work surface, form it into a dough ball, and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. In the meantime, prepare the filling: in a bowl, combine the eggs and lemon zest.
  3. Add the grated Parmigiano and Pecorino cheeses, mix to blend, and finally season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about a 2 mm thickness. Cut strips about 4 inches wide. Place a tablespoon of the filling (about 20 g), balled up with your hands, at intervals of about 2 inches along the strips.
  5. Fold the dough over itself to cover the filling, then use a crimped pastry cutter to cut "ravioli" about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. With these quantities, you should get about 30 ravioli. Place the piconi on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Brush the surface with the egg and milk mixture and use a pair of scissors to make an "x" incision on the surface. Bake in a preheated oven at 355°F (180°C) for about 25 minutes. Once baked, remove the Marchigiani piconi from the oven and let them cool slightly before enjoying.
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