Less than a month before San Jose’s Cosentino’s market closes its doors forever, I find out that the bakery makes sfogliatelle.
They’re baked in two sizes: $1.39 for the smaller and $2.19 for the bigger one. Crisp, very thin, and well-layered pastry revives nicely when reheated in the toaster oven. The filling is ricotta cheese and semolina that has sort of a gummy, pudding-cake texture, and is studded with candied citron. They’re barely sweet and have just a light dusting of powder sugar. I had a preference for the smaller size sfogliatella with a higher crispy pastry:filling ratio and less dampness.
Unlike the rare sightings of sfogliatelle at the much too limited number of bakeries that make them, Cosentino’s seems to have them in the case every day. Wish I’d known about these earlier, but I’m glad that I had a chance to try them before the bakery closes up shop. Here’s hoping that the master baker who makes them finds another home for his/her wares soon.
2666 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95124