Farinella is a typical product from Putignano, in the province of Bari. Farinella is a flour of roasted barley and chickpeas with the addition of salt. In the original version, the farinella consisted only of barley. Many families used to pour into a mortar legumes that were then crushed with a stone pestle.
The farinella has been for many generations of farmers, along with dried figs, the only lunch consumed during the hard work in the fields. It was brought to work in a canvas bag commonly called ” u’volz ” and then it was eaten in powder form, accompanied by dried figs, herbs, edible wild onions.
This food has given its name to the famous mask of the carnival of Putignano that is similar to Harlequin, but with a hat with two points and two rattles. Here is the recipe for farinella delicious treats of Carnival.
Ingredients for cookies
280 grams of butter
180 grams of sugar
250 g of chickpea flour
1 egg yolk
250 grams of roasted barley flour
1/2 lemon rind and 1/2 grated orange peel
Mix the butter until creamy. Add sugar, eggs, lemon peel and orange, cinnamon. Mix and set aside for about an hour. Then give fancy Carnival shapes to your cookies and then bake at 160 degrees for 15 minutes.