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Sanguinaccio Dolce - A 'Bloody' Good Desert!

Sanguinaccio dolce is an Italian sweet blood pudding made from pig’s blood, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits and spices.  This is a historical recipe that dates back to the time when pig’s blood was considered, due to its nutritional value, almost sacred and deemed sacrilegious to waste even one drop.  When my mother was growing up in the small town of Montemurro in the Basilicata region of Italy, villagers slaughtered their reared pigs to make sausages and other by-products during the 'pig season'.  Every part of the animal was used, and this included the fresh collected blood to turn into this rich sweet treat.  This was a time of year when family and friends gathered together to lend a helping hand and in return would receive portions of the pig or later some of the preserved produce to settle a debt or just simply to share around. It was very typical of country life, and still occurs in some towns today; and as the saying goes, 'it takes a village to eat a whole pig...…