Piononos may refer to several varieties of pastry popular in Spain, South America, and Philippines. They are named after Pope Pius IX ('Pio nono' in Italian)
Piononos are small pastries traditional in Santa Fe, a small town adjacent to the city of Granada, Spain. A pionono has two parts: a thin layer of pastry rolled into a cylinder, fermented with different kinds of syrup which give the pionono a sweet and pleasant texture, crowned with toasted cream. It is typically eaten in one or two bites.
In various South American countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru, piononos are prepared using a dough made of flour, eggs, and sugar, which is baked in a thin sheet then rolled around a filling of dulce de leche sometimes with walnuts, or fruits like strawberries with chantilly cream, or in the case of savoury piononos with York ham, cheese, tomato and mayonnaise, or a savory salad, such as chicken salad or even tuna.
In Puerto Rico piononos are prepared using yellow, or sweet plantain as the "bread" around a savory filling. It is usually stuffed with a meat filling called picadillo with cheese, the whole sandwich is then deep-fried.
In The Philippines, piononos, or pianonos, are similar to jelly rolls. It is made up of a layer of pastry that consists of eggs, sugar, and sifted flour. It is usually baked as a sheet. Once cooled, jelly or other fillings are spread over the pastry. Then it is rolled from one end to the next. Fillings can range from anything sweet to savory.
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