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Sicilian Pies - you say 'mpanate, we say scacce!

The Sicilian cuisine has a long tradition for being full of flavours which were brought to Sicily by the many people that crossed this beautiful land: the Spanish, Arabs, Africans, to name a few. Today we can enjoy many dishes that have hints of these cultures but that have been perfected by Sicilians. 
I married into a Sicilian family, so you can imagine the delights served up at family gatherings.  Not only are they great pasticcieri (biscuit makers) but  their Sicilian pies are to die for and a specialty of my mother in law.  They are referred to as Scacce which is plural for Scaccia (sciacciata, italian for flat bread) made with a thin bread dough folded onto itself after been filled with seasonal goodness - very similar to a Calzone but larger.  These hearty pies can be filled in different ways, depending on taste, season and which town in Sicily you are from.  Other regions in Sicily call them 'mpanata which comes from the Spanish word empanada a derivative from the word mpan…