Zaletti are typical Veronese sweets, made of maize flour. Thi is one of the most common ingredients in Venetian dishes, both sweet and hearty.

The simple recipe originated in peasant culture. The name of the biscuits derives from the yellow colour that the maize flour adds to the biscuits. In the dialect of the Veneto region, zaletto means ‘light yellow’.

 icon-cutlery Ingredients:

  • 200 g* maize flour
  • 150 g flour
  • 600 ml milk
  • 150 g butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 organic lemon (zest) 
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 glass of rum

 icon-cutlery Preparation:

Soak the raisins in a bowl of rum. In the meantime, melt the butter in a large saucepan at a low heat. Then add the sugar and the milk and bring the mixture to the boil.
Sieve both types of flour into the saucepan, add a pinch of salt and leave it to cook for 7-8 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Add the eggs individually and mix everything into a uniform mixture. Drain the raisins and add them, the grated lemon zest and the baking powder to the mixture. Stir vigorously to mix the ingredients well. Cover two large baking trays with paper. Using a spoon, form dough balls and place them on the baking tray.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees until golden. Sprinkle with icing sugar to taste.
The recommended amount is sufficient for two baking trays .

* 1g = 0.035 ounces