RE: Ciarduna Recipe??
I take it no one here has even heard of this recipe.. I have only recently come across it's description on Wikipedia.org. The only recipe I have seen is rather uninformative, as it was translated directly from the Sicilian instructions. Because of this, certain key elements are not mentioned in the list of ingredients, and those which are do not give measurements.
This is because most pastry recipes are handed down orally by families who make them, and are measured entirely by hand. It is this method of "mani sapienti" (knowledgable hands) that makes true Sicilian confectionery such a culinary delight to travelers. Recipes are presented very differently in other countries, and usually to members of that person's immediate family only. This recipe I'm searching for is merely an example, one which has almost never featured in America.