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How to make Bocconotti Jam pastries

Nonna’s Italian Bocconotti Jam pastries. Named after the Italian word for a bite, “boccone”, these little pastries are made of sweet shortcrust pastry and filled with jam, custard or ricotta, depending on where you find them in the South of Italy.

SERVING:  Makes about 8


  • 2 cups (250 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) sugar
  • 1 stick (½ cup or 125 grams) of cold butter, diced
  • zest of one lemon, finely grated
  • 1 large (not jumbo) whole egg plus 1 yolk, beaten (save the white for brushing on top of the pastry for a shiny crust)
  • 4 cups (560 grams or 20 ounces) quince jam (or sour cherry jam or pastry cream)
  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)



Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl or in the bowl of a food processor.

flour and sugar

Cut the cold butter into the flour and sugar by pulsing the processor or, if using hands, rub the butter into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture and there are no more visible butter pieces.

flour and sugar mixture

Mix in the beaten egg and the yolk along with the lemon zest until the pastry comes together into a smooth, elastic ball.

flour, butter and sugar

Let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

mixed butter, flour and sugar

egg, butter, flour and sugar mixture

Bocconotti Jam pastries dough

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 3mm (1/10 inch) thick.


Bocconotti jam pastries dough

Raw bocconotti jam pastries

Cut 8 discs about 3 3/4-4 inches in diameter (9.5-10cm) — I use a bowl I have about this size across the widest part, flip it over onto the rolled out dough and trace around it.

raw bocconotti jam pastries dough

raw Bocconotti Jam pastries

Fill a muffin tray or ramekins with the pastry discs, pressing them down gently to be smooth and even. Prick the base with the tines of a fork.

Fill the pastries (I used roughly 1/4 cup or a couple tablespoons) with jam.

Gather together the leftover dough and roll it back out to 3mm thickness. Cut out discs to cover exactly the top of the pastries (mine were about 3 1/4 or 8cm in diameter).

Bocconotti Jam pastries

Bocconotti Jam pastries

Beat the leftover egg white and brush some over the edges of the pastries before putting the discs on top. Press down the edges very gently to seal and, if desired, you can brush the egg white on the top of the pastries too, this will give them a bit of shine, if you are going to serve them without a dusting of powdered sugar.

Bocconotti Jam pastries

Bake in an oven pre-heated to 180C/350F for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and crisp.

Your Bocconotti Jam pastries is now ready to be served. Enjoy!

Bocconotti Jam pastries





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