Article written The winter desserts of Upper Lake Como: a gastronomic journey between tradition and flavour
Andrea Quadroni
06-11-2023

The winter desserts of Upper Lake Como: a gastronomic journey between tradition and flavour

The winter desserts of Upper Lake Como: a gastronomic journey between tradition and flavour

Upper Lake Como - or Alto Lario - is a region rich in culinary traditions that are expressed in a particular way during the winter season. Thanks to the proximity to Valtellina, the area north of Lake Como in this period offers a wide range of delicacies. Local desserts play a leading role in local gastronomy, delighting the palate with unique and authentic flavours.

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Valtellinese Panettone.
One of the most emblematic winter desserts of Upper Lake Como. This variant of the famous Milanese panettone is enriched with local ingredients, such as raisins, candied fruit and nuts. Its soft texture and enveloping citrus scent make this dessert an irresistible pleasure to enjoy during cold winter evenings.

Miascia.
This delicacy is prepared with leftover polenta, which is mixed with milk, sugar, butter and flavorings such as vanilla and cocoa. The Miascia is then baked in the oven until it obtains a golden crust and a creamy consistency inside. It is a real delight for those who love contrasts in texture and flavour.

Bisciola.
It is a sort of sweet focaccia enriched with dried fruit and candied fruit, typical of Valtellina. This dessert is often prepared during the Christmas holidays and is a symbol of sharing and conviviality. Its soft consistency and richness of aromas make it an ideal delicacy to accompany a good glass of mulled wine.

Brustolina.
Brustolina is a thin traditional sweet pancake from Upper Lake Como prepared with flour, eggs, milk and sugar. This delicacy is often eaten during Carnival. They are fried until crispy and then dusted with icing sugar before serving.

Tiragolo.
Tiragolo is another typical dessert from Valtellina. It is a sort of rich and fragrant donut, prepared with flour, eggs, butter and a pinch of anise. This dessert is often given as a sign of affection during the winter holidays.

In conclusion, Upper Lake Como is a land rich in unique culinary traditions, and local winter desserts are a tangible example of this. These delicacies represent a fusion of local ingredients, passion for cooking and love for tradition, offering anyone who tastes them an authentic gastronomic journey into the enchanting heart of the Lombardy Alps.

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