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Black and white Messina

A greedy profiterol with cream and gianduia cream

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Bianco e nero messinese

It has a special place in my heart: recipe for Messina's black and white, a Typical dessert of the city of the Strait based on cream puffs Stuffed with vanilla whipped cream (chantilly cream ) and covered with gianduja cream and milk chocolate. From the alternation between cream and chocolate the name “Black and white”. Is’ a Sicilian variation, nay Mai, of Profiterol, from which it differs above all for the coverage, which is not melted dark chocolate but a very soft cream cream and gianduja paste. It's not a complicated dessert to make, but there are several small preparations to perform: I show you all step by step in the VIDEO RECIPE on my YouTube channel.

Tips for a perfect Black and White Messina

If you don't find the Gianduja Pasta Specific for confectionery use, You can use a normal hazelnut cream. Bearing in mind that the higher the quality of the hazelnut cream, the better the result will be.

Since you need to prepare the cream puffs, I advise you to do them a day in advance, in order to speed up the path. You can also prepare the gianduia cream in advance, so you just have to whip the cake and make the cover. Now, the chocolate sheet coating It's the most tedious part: I'll explain in detail how to do it, melting the chocolate and then pouring it on iced stone to obtain soft and thin sheets. I have seen that many grate chocolate or make it into small pieces: the result is very different, but the process is much faster. The choice is yours.

Remember that the Black and white Messina is a A dessert that is traditionally eaten very fresh: the day of preparation or at the latest the day after. On the other hand, it is so good that it is impossible for it to be left over. This has always been, par excellence, the dessert of Sunday and holidays. And of course it was the Typical Easter dessert Messina, so rich in chocolate. Wonderful that of the scandaliato pastry shop, who seems to have invented it. But also that of Scolaro, of Doddis and many other pastry shops of the times that were and that are no longer there.

I leave you suggesting you to take a look at other typical messina sweets such as EASTER CUDDURE with the pasta of the DINNER SANDWICHES, the BRIOCHE IN TUPPO or the BLACK RICE MESSINA STYLE. Have a good day!

Bianco e nero messinese


Portions: 8 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 4.9/5
( 10 voted )



125 ml of milk

125 millilitres of water

100 grams of butter

half a teaspoon of salt

a teaspoon of sugar

150 grams of flour

4 eggs


400 ml of cream

80 grams of powdered sugar

vanilla Bourbon


300 grams of gianduia paste from pastry shops or hazelnut cream

50 grams of dark chocolate

400 grams of cream

50 grams powdered sugar


200 grams of dark chocolate

100 grams of milk chocolate

15 grams of butter or cocoa butter

icing sugar, to taste




Black and white Messina

FOR THE BIGNE': put into a casserole the water, the milk, the diced butter, salt and sugar and bring everything to a boil. Pour the flour into the pot, stirring vigorously until dough is smooth and firm, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE. Put the saucepan back on the fire and cook the dough for a minute, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the eggs, one by one, so do absorb the first egg before joining the second. You can also do this in the planetary mixer, using the leaf hook.

At the end of this operation, You'll have to get a strong yellow, smooth, smooth and velvety. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper: using a sac-à-poche distribute the dough into clumps as big as a walnut, well-spaced, crush them to the surface with a moistened fork and bake for 15-20 minutes. The buns should be golden, fragrant and cables inside.

TO STUFF THE PUFFS': you simply have to semi-whip the cream (not too much to snow, must remain soft), sweetened with sugar and flavored with Bourbon vanilla powder or extract. It is the so-called chantilly cream. Put it in a sac-à-poche. With a small knife make a hole in the bottom of each puffs and fill them with whipped cream, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE. Set aside.

FOR GIANDUIA CREAM: heat the gianduia cream or hazelnut paste and dark chocolate in a bain-marie until they become creamy. Allow it to cool, stirring occasionally. Semi-whip the cream with icing sugar (not too firm snow) and slowly combine it with gianduia cream, stirring the mixture with a spatula and making a movement from top to bottom, in order to incorporate as much air as possible., as you see in VIDEO RECIPE. Store in the refrigerator for at least an hour so that it can become firm.

COMPOSITION OF SWEET: the Black and White of Messina is a sweet in the shape of a dome. Put a little gianduia cream on the bottom of the serving dish, make a layer of puffs and cover them with cream, spatulating so as to fill the holes, continue building the dome and always covering the puffs with plenty of gianduia cream, so that they are covered evenly. Refrigerate.

FOR THE COVERING OF THE CAKE: one day before preparing the dessert, take a stone or slate or marble cutting board or a ceramic plate with flat edges and put it in the freezer. Melt dark and milk chocolate with butter or cocoa butter (better). Pour the hot mixture over the frozen stone and spread it so as to obtain a thin layer. Put back in the freezer until it solidifies. Once solidified, leave it for 4-5 minutes at room temperature and then, with a kitchen knife make sheets as you see in the VIDEO RECIPE. Cover the Black and White of Messina with chocolate sheets and complete with icing sugar. Bon appétit!

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Maria Grazia 2 December 2022 - 22:52

Even I, who am 65 years old, know it exactly with gianduia cream ! This then seems to me an excellent recipe, I will definitely do it

Ada Parisi 5 December 2022 - 17:15

Thank you! I studied this recipe so much and has the taste of black and white Messina that I have always eaten. I'm glad you approve, Let me know. Happy holidays!

Irfan Malik April 23, 2022 - 21:09

The dose of shoux pasta is unlikely and in any case the Messina dessert mentioned is not gianduia . Unreliable recipe

Ada Parisi April 24, 2022 - 01:11

The doses of Choux pasta are by Maurizio Santin, the black and white Messinese is gianduia and the recipe is that of the Pastry Irrera of Messina. If you think you have a more reliable one it will be a pleasure to read it and redo it, since I have been eating it for 46 years and I know exactly how it tastes. Have a nice weekend


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