February 2 is traditionally the end of the Christmas period, the day the nativity scene is taken down. From earliest times, February (from the Latin verb februare, to purify) has been associated with the “new fire”, with a period of the purification of nature as it emerges from winter. The days grow longer and there is a renewal of hope. Here are one traditional recipe to make on this day.
Les navettes de tante Mimi
350g caster sugar
70 g softened butter
750 g flour
1/2 packet of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of orange blossom
Put the flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
Make a hollow in the middle of the flour and add the softened butter, the 3 beaten eggs, the salt, sugar and orange blossom.
Stir with a wooden spoon, starting from the centre, then use your fingers to make an even dough, adding a little water if necessary.
Make about 30 cakes in the shape of a boat, with the 2 ends meeting at a point, and hollowing out the middle with the tip of a knife.
Bake in the oven at a medium heat for 20 minutes, then remove the cakes from the baking sheet at once using a metal cake slice.