The name "canestrello" is given to characteristic sweets produced in different areas of Piemonte (Canavese, Valsusa, Biellese), with different ingredients, production methods, and organoleptic-sensorial qualities.
The name "canestrello" derives from the characteristic wicker baskets (called "canestri") used to package the pastries after cooking.
Canestrello is a very thin and fragile pastry with irregular shape given to its preparation. The main ingredients are flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. According to the production area, vanilla, cocoa, lemon, orange, coffee, mint, coconut, nutmeg, cloves, rum, white wine, red wine, marsala, or milk can be added.