This festivity can be considered a taste of Christmas, both from a gastronomic perspective and for the atmosphere that embraces this period.
Even though Halloween has only grown popular in Italy over the last few years, Italian cuisine has many traditions and several tasty and curious recipes that are no way inferior to the newly imported trend.
In Bologna, during this period it is custom to prepare or buy the "Fave dei morti" (or dead's beans) also known as "brutti ma buoni" (or ugly but tasty).
This tradition comes from ancient Rome, when it was common to give out some beans at funerals which represented the dead's souls. These sweets are widely spread in Italy, with different recipes and variations.
The name dead's beans derives from their oval shape, which reminds the one of beans. According to Roman tradition, beans contained the dead's souls. So, since people would try and bring the beans back home, they prepared similarly shaped sweets.
They are also known as dead's bones, espacially thoughout northern Italy. On the other hand, down south, it is popular to dip them in dark chocolate. Also, the crumbliness of the sweets may vary from crunchy, to soft.
We would like to share with you Mr. Pellegrino Artusi's recipe, author of the recipe book "Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well"