Castagnaccio is a super famous Italian chestnuts flour cake, traditional in several regions with some variations. Thanks to its ingredients, easy to find in the Italian woods, in the past, this recipe was particularly popular among the poor people. Today, I made the Tuscan variation of Castagnaccio with walnuts, pine nuts, and raisin. This cake is very easy to prepare: just 10 minutes for the batter and 40 minutes in the oven. A classic winter recipe from Italy ready for you: vegan, healthy, and tasty!
The Italian rice cake, called also “Torta degli Addobbi” is a simple and tasty dessert of the Emilian tradition. Originally, this cake had been prepared for the “Festa degli Addobbi”, a medieval festivity where colored drapes were showed out from the windows. But, currently is common serve rice cake all year long. Arborio rice is slowly cooked into the milk and spices, then the mixture is baked into the oven at medium temperature. Liquor, brushed over the cake when it is still hot is fundamental to obtain the characteristic, sticky crust. Serve the rice cake cold, after stored a few hours into the fridge.
The pastry dough recipe is essential for several sweets. Make it is not difficult, but it’s mandatory follow some steps. The rewards will be an crispy and tasty dough, perfect for cookies or tarts. Once you try this homemade pastry dough you can’t do less than make it again, and again!
Pastry cream tart (called in Italy “torta della nonna” = grandmother’s cake) is a classic Italian dessert. A crispy and flavorful pastry dough shell hide a creamy egg and milk custard. A rain of pine nuts and powdered sugar complete this traditional dessert, a sweet remembrance for any Italian kid!