Tuscan Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno

Today, in Italy the Grandpa’s day is being celebrated. We believe it’s a great occasion to honour and say thank you to all of our grandparents, who are always willing to help us when we need them. While I was thinking about which cake my daughter’s Grandpa would love to eat today, I thought about his taste when it comes to sweet treats. He is very fond of every kind of sweet food, but he has a penchant for chocolate. So, wanting to be impartial and still giving credit to all the Grandmothers, albeit satisfying his craving for chocolate, we went with this luscious version of the Grandma’s tart we already baked in the past.(Torta della Nonna).

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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A Soft and Scented Carnival Cake from Florence: La Schiacciata Dolce

This Schiacciata Dolce, called Schiacciata Fiorentina, is a typical cake from Florence. It is very popular and appreciated during the Carnival season. In Italy, Carnival is celebrated all over the Peninsula, from the big cities to the small villages, organizing  parades and masquerade balls in a cheerful and carefree atmosphere. This period culminates in the Mardi Gras, baking as much as possible before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. You then have one more day to eat as much as you want, so let’s go and bake our Schiacciata Fiorentina!

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Sicilian Orange Cake – Pan d’arancio

A few days ago we announced that we would prepare a cake with Sicilian oranges. As we like to keep our promises :-), today we will present you this fragrant cake, the Pan d’arancio.

To prepare this traditional Sicilian cake we used Sanguinello blood oranges (a type of blood oranges), which come from Eastern Sicily. This variety has a pulp lightly streaked with red due to the presence of anthocyanins. The flavour is more intense and sweeter than other varieties of oranges.

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Tenerina Cake: Creamy Inside Crunchy Outside

The main feature of this chocolate cake is a creamy inside covered by a crunchy outside.

Tenerina is a traditional dessert from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thanks to our dear friend Sergio for sharing his family recipe of this easy-to-make cake. If you find yourself in Ferrara go to  Pasticceria Cioccolateria Chocolat  (Via Corte Vecchia 55), so you can have a taste of the original Tenerina cake.

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Sbrisolona tart – Crumbly tart

This week’s recipe comes from the city where my daughter was born in, the beautiful city of Mantova. I prepare this tart very often, being related to many fond memories and even because it is very simple and genuine.

The name “Sbrisolona” comes from the local dialect and it means crumbly.
According to the local tradition, this tart is served by breaking it into pieces, together with a cup of coffee or dipped into a sweet dessert wine.

There are many versions of the Sbrisolona but the following recipe is the original, the one I brought with me from Mantova, already 11 years ago.

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