Have you ever heard about “scole” ? In Italian it sounds like “scuola – scola ” = school in English but it has nothing to do with this .
When I was telling about how tasty they were to my friends living just 10 km from Pistoia , they told me they have never heard about them & neither tried them, I was so surprised about this , so I asked to some friends from Florence & they told me they have “pan di ramerino” that is similar to scola but with rosmarin leaves inside, but not scola! So I understood it is a typical delice from my birthplace, Pistoia.
It’s a a very nice kind of soft, small panino = roll , made with bread dough but with addition of some raisins, aniseeds , eggs , butter & some sugar inside & over its top.
They are a typical traditional Easter speciality you can find them in bakery and since some years also in some supermarket.
As they are so yummy – especially for breakfast dipped in a warm cup of milk or a cappuccino thick foam – some bakery makes them all year round . They remind me my grandmother Gina : she loved them so much & we used to share them in front of a nice cup of tea in the afternoon , talking about the chocolate eggs – with surprises – I was expecting for the upcoming Easter time .
Now I am sharing them with my daughter Francesca who loves them as much as me & last year we tried to make them at home : a great satisfation but instead of an oval little shape as the tradition wants , came out an only big one I had to cut in small pieces to eat it , more like a Panettone instead of a scola…but the taste was fab!
Try to eat them when you visit Pistoia , it it is not Easter time, write me & I will let you know the supermarket name where to find them .
Here you could see them in my photos , handmade by professional baker , with the original right shape , not mine!!!
Enjoy life & my Pistoia !