Torta della nonna ( grandmother’s cake ) is a very traditional and popular dessert in Tuscany, a simple and tasty recipe with pastry crust filled with custard and pine nuts on top. It can be found across all the tuscan districts sometimes with slight variations like almonds instead of pine nuts.
Here we propose the classic recipe.
Ingredients for the pastry:
250 gr of white flour
15 gr of baking powder
125 gr of white sugar
125 gr of butter
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 spoon of icing sugar
pinch of salt
100 gr of pine nuts
Ingredients for the custard:
50 gr of white flour
50 gr of white sugar
3 egg yolks
½ lt of milk
Preheat oven at 180 °C.
Butter and flour a tart pan of about 24 cm.
Prepare the pastry making a well in the flour and put in the egg yolks, the butter previously softened at room temperature, a pinch of salt, the baking powder and vanilla extract. Combine and knead all together until the dough comes smooth and even, then set aside for half hour.
In the meantime start the custard by putting the eggs yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan and whisking until well combined, add then slowly, while still mixing, the flour, the milk and grated lemon zest, cook over moderate heat, strirring, until it bubbles and becomes thick, set then aside to cool.
Split the the pastry in 2 pieces, one a little larger than the other, and roll out 2 dishes, the larger should be able to cover the bottom and sides of the tart pan, spread the cooled custard on top of the bottom dish pastry in an even layer. Set the smaller dish of pastry on top of custard layer trying to avoid air bubbles trapped in, press the edges together to seal the cake and cut out the excessive dough.
Spread on top the pine nuts and bake for 35 mins, Remove from the oven, let it cool, and then sprinkle some icing sugar on top.
In Tuscany this cake is usually served with a good glass of Vinsanto wine.
This is one of the many recipes that can be directly experienced with Arianna & Friends tuscan cooking school, all year round, in the Valdera district of Tuscany, Italy.