These cream-filled sweet buns from the region of Lazio were traditionally made for Easter as a treat after the season of Lent. Men also hid rings or other small golden objects in them and offered them to their future wives on Valentine’s Day.
Although these buns are a bit more elaborate, the original recipe from ancient Rome simply involved flour, honey, eggs, and fat. Today, maritozzi are an excellent breakfast bread.
When making these, make sure you whip your own fresh cream; it makes all the difference and only takes a few minutes. You can use the extra cream to top your espresso, which is called espresso con panna, another special treat that I hope becomes a morning tradition in your home.
Maritozzi con la panna
When you are in Rome, don't forget to try maritozzi con la panna! These sweet buns with shipped cream are an authentic treat for the perfect Roman breakfast!