The “Baci” of Godiasco Salice Terme

The cookies De.Co. of Godiasco: "Baci" with honey and chocolate.

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The history of Godiasco's "Baci" has ancient roots.
These cookies date back to the baking tradition of the second half of the nineteenth century, more specifically to the recipe for "Baci di Dama" of Tortona. This lineage was determined by the historical-cultural and gastronomic link between the Piedmontese Municipality and Oltrepò Pavese, in particular the lower and middle Valle Staffora. It was this, in fact, that allowed a rapid spread of the "Bacio" bringing it to the locality of Godiasco Salice Terme, a Municipality in which it subsequently established itself.

The specific variant of Godiasco's "Baci" that we know today, however, is more recent and dates back to the second post-war period. In this period, many innovations took over in the culinary field and some pre-existing recipes underwent changes, among these we can find, precisely, that of the Salice Terme cookies.
Unlike the recipe from which it originates, this involves covering the cookie for three quarters with milk chocolate which gives the sweet a more inviting appearance and an even more pleasant flavor. Instead, two new ingredients are added to the dough: honey and potato starch. These innovations have been adopted to make this delicacy unique and characteristic, becoming typical of the territory. 
The other useful products for making the cookie, in addition to honey and starch, are: 00 flour, butter, sugar, ground almonds and eggs. The dosage of the ingredients and processing method, however, are unknown.

The production of "Baci" settled in the early nineties of the Twentieth century becoming, later, an expression of the heritage of gastronomic traditions of the area. As a matter of fact, the Municipality has recognized this product as De. Co. underlining its typicality.

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