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Alternative namesBrioche
Place of originItaly
Main ingredientsPastry dough
VariationsMany types of fillings

A cornetto (Italian pronunciation: [korˈnetto]), meaning "little horn",[1] is an Italian variation of the kipferl.

The main ingredients of a cornetto are pastry dough, eggs, butter, water and sugar. Egg yolk is brushed on the surface of the cornetto to obtain a golden color during baking.

The cornetto vuoto (Italian: "empty cornetto") is commonly accompanied by various fillings, including crema pasticcera (custard), apricot jam or chocolate cream, and covered with powdered sugar or ground nuts. A cornetto with an espresso or cappuccino at a coffee bar is considered to be the most common breakfast in Italy.[2]

The name cornetto is common in Southern and Central Italy, while it is called brioche in the North.


The recipe of Kipferl became popular in Italy, and more specifically in Veneto, after 1683, thanks to the intense commercial relations between the Republic of Venice and Vienna. [3] On the contrary, it was not until 1770 that France too, with the marriage between the Austrian Marie-Antoinette and the future King Louis XVI, swept the horn. Its recipe was modified by the pastry chefs, who enriched it with butter and called it a croissant.The first recipe of yeast-leavened laminated croissant is from the French chef Sylvain Claudius Goy[4] and became popular in France mainly in the 20th century

See also


  1. ^ Wach, Bonnie (22 June 2016). "One Day, One Place: Eat up Rome during tourist season". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Cornetti aren't croissants: Conjure memories of Italy at home". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  3. ^ "La storia del cornetto". Isacco,it (in Italian). 2020-07-05. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  4. ^ Goy, Sylvain Claudius (1915). LA CUISINE ANGLO-AMERICAINE (1st ed.).