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An Italian cookbook from the sixteenth century has a recipe for "Brazzatelle di latte, e zuccaro." The recipe looks as though it might be for either pretzels or bagels--or some other breadstuff that is boiled then baked and has a distinctive shape. My best guess is that it is pretzels, since it looks a little like the German "brezel," but that is only a guess.

Does anyone here know what the word means (or meant)?
  • I think you're referring to brazadelle, typical of Varese, a city in Lombardy:
    Le Brazadelle
    Knead wheat flour and water and shape it into a little loaf and bake in the oven.

    But I found other recipes for something called "brazadel" and those are cookies or a cake.