Ready to pack a picnic bag? Don’t forget the tigelle, tiny delicious savoury treats without leavening, perfect for picnic as well as birthday or garden parties..

Tigelle are also known as “Modenese crescentine” as they come from the Modena area (Emilia Romagna, Italy). These small focaccine are filled with “salumi” (cured meat, cold cut) like salami, ham, Parma ham, lonza, bresaola.

I took this recipe from the book “Ricette in famiglia”, by Benedetta Parodi, Rizzoli. I thank my sister for this useful and much appreciated present!


  • Servings: 5

Tigelle, tiny delicious savoury treats without leavening, perfect for pic nic as well as birthday parties or garden parties.

Tigelle recipe - ingredients |


  • 450 g plain flour
  • 250 g plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sachet baking powder (16g)
  • 40 ml water


  • rolling pin
  • wooden board
  • cookie cutter
  • bowl


Tigelle recipe - step 1 |
Step 1

In a bowl mix flour, yoghurt, salt and baking powder (1). Then add water, a little at a time.

Tigelle recipe - step 2 |
Step 2

Tigelle recipe - step 3 |
Step 3

Move the dough to a wooden board. Keep kneading with your hands (2), until a smooth ball is formed (3).

Tigelle recipe - step 4 |
Step 4

Roll the dough with the rolling pin until you have a layer 1 cm thick (4).

Tigelle recipe - step 5 |
Step 5

Cut the tigelle with a cookie cutter (5).

Tigelle recipe - step 6 |
Step 6


Tigelle recipe - step 7 |
Step 7

Cook them in a preheated pan (6) until golden (7). Turn halfway through cooking.

Tigelle recipe - step 8 |
Step 8

Tigelle recipe - step 9 |
Step 9

Cut them in half (8) and add the filling (9): salami, ham, Parma ham, bresaola or lonza.


With these ingredients you can make 30 medium tigelle or 20 large tigelle.

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KIRFs: additions, divisions
  1. Sum the ingredients. How much is the total weight?
  2. If I obtain 30 medium tigelle, how much is the weight of one tigella?
  3. If we are 5, how many tigelle each person can have?

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2 thoughts on “Tigelle for your picnic bag

  1. These look incredibly fun to make! I’d never heard of them before, so thank you for introducing them to me 🙂

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