Crostata di Noci (Piemonte Walnut Tart)

Piemonte walnut tart is a delicious traditional Piemonte tart. Perfect to taste red wines like Freisa or Brachetto and to celebrate Autumn and walnuts.

 

Piemonte walnut tart is a delicious traditional Piemonte tart. Perfect to taste red wines like Freisa or Brachetto and to celebrate Autumn and walnuts.

A delicious way to celebrate Autumn and Walnuts

The Walnut tart is one of those delicious cakes, poor, typical of the Piemonte tradition. It’s fragrant, the mix of flavors of the shortcrust pastry, honey and walnuts is incredible. Even the texture is perfect and combines the pastry, melting in your mouth, the walnuts wrapped in crispy baked honey.
It’s a tart that comes from the subalpine areas of Turin and Saluzzo, also prepared in the Monferrato area.
I made this tart for my last birthday, along with a bônet (boo-net) another typical dessert from Piemonte that I will publish in the next few days.

Piemonte walnut tart is a delicious traditional Piemonte tart. Perfect to taste red wines like Freisa or Brachetto and to celebrate Autumn and walnuts.

The perfect tart to taste amazing red wines

With this tart is inevitable to talk about wine, because according to tradition Piedmont “walnuts make wine good”.
In fact, according to ancient legends, which are not just stories, the farmer was used to give to eat some walnuts to the trader before him taste his wine. This is because walnuts made the wine taste better.
The perfect wines to pair are the red ones, the ones you would use to taste good walnuts and the sweet, the cakes or desserts. In Piemonte is very common to serve this tart with Freisa wine, a red wine delightful and charming, gently sparkling and slightly sweet. Perfect with desserts. This wine is typical of the Langhe and Monferrato, but also in the Turin and Biella.

Another good choice to pair with this tart is Brachetto d’Acqui, a DOCG wine produced in the area of Acqui Terme. The grape is brachetto, which is believed to be a native of Piemonte. Brachetto d’Acqui is a somewhat sweet wine, which can be either sparkling or still.

Crostata di Noci (Piemonte Walnut Tart)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6

Crostata di Noci (Piemonte Walnut Tart)

Piemonte walnut tart is a delicious traditional Piemonte tart. Perfect to taste red wines like Freisa or Brachetto and to celebrate Autumn and walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. flour (variety to taste) sifted twice
  • 5.5 oz. cold butter, the temperature of the refrigerator
  • 5.5 oz. brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • For the filling
  • about 2-3 dozens of whole kernels of nuts, must be sufficient to cover the tart pan
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of honey, wildflowers will be fine, or you can use any other honey to taste
  • 2 oz. of butter

Instructions

    Prepare the shortcrust pastry
  1. place the flour in a cone in the middle of the axis to work,
  2. drill a small hole in the center, like a volcano,
  3. and pour the whole egg, the egg yolk and the pinch of salt
  4. start working it slowly with your hands
  5. add the sugar and keep kneading
  6. finally add butter cut into small cubes, I've left the butter at the end to be sure to avoid that the warm of the hands, working the dough, heats the mixture and makes the dough becomes sticky.
  7. Therefore from this point on it is necessary to knead very quickly using only your hands, trying not to heat the mixture with the heat of your hands. The butter should not melt under the heat of the hands, otherwise the dough becomes sticky and impossible to work with. You should also think to knead outside, in the hot autumn day, to keep the dough fresh and avoid that the dough becomes sticky.
  8. As soon as the mixture is blended, form a ball
  9. cover with plastic wrap (I've used an aluminum foil as I discovered only at that time that I've finished the plastic wrap!) and place in refrigerator for about half an hour. No more than that if it is not too hard to be spread on the baking sheet.
  10. Prepare the filling
  11. In a pan put the kernels, whole or coarsely chopped into quarters, honey and butter.
  12. Melt and stir over moderate heat until butter and honey are well blended. The mixture is ready when it has become a light brown color and is slightly reduced.
  13. Choose a tart pan with low sides and wavy, cover it either with cooking paper or grease and sprinkle with cornmeal or breadcrumbs. Place the shortcrust pastry to form a base around a quarter of an inch thick that covers the bottom and sides. Use only your hands, this will make the tart look very homemade and rustic
  14. Pour in the filling of walnuts and honey, spreading it evenly with a spoon.
  15. Put in a preheated oven at 350°F for 40 minutes, if the surface tends to become dark place a sheet of aluminum foil on while baking

Notes

Pair with Piemonte red wines like Freisa or Barbaresco d'Acqui.

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Piemonte walnut tart is a delicious traditional Piemonte tart. Perfect to taste red wines like Freisa or Brachetto and to celebrate Autumn and walnuts.

3 Easter Recipes Ideas Quick, Easy, Healthy, Piemonte Style

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Easter is coming and if you are looking for something new for your family and friends, maybe for a picnic, a brunch or something really easy you are in the right place.

Easy recipes for a complete meal

These 3 recipes are very easy, oversimple I could almost say. They will be loved from all the family. You can use all together as a complete health meal or pick just some of them to enrich your Easter table.

Comfort food

I chose, for this Easter, 3 recipes easy and comfortable. A true comfort food. They are ideal for a picnic, they can also be served cold for a brunch with friends or for a lunch at home maybe in the greenery of your garden. They can all be prepared the day before, refrigerate and serve cold or at room temperature.

These are also recipes for a romantic picnic for two.
The kids will love the cup savoy, and will be amazed by fairy omelette made ​​with the flowers of the forest.

Healthy recipes

These Easter recipes are all healthy recipes, low in fat and carbohydrates, rich in nutrients, very balanced and economical. Are also a new and fun way to try the cuisine of Piedmont.

Wine Pairings

They are very good accompanied with good wine from Piemonte, such as a Barbera or as an Arneis or a Erbaluce. But you can enjoy them with local wine, or a beer, or simply with water.

Primrose FrittataSpring SaladBowl of Savoy

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Healthy cheap frittata recipe. With primroses and eggs. Baked. Salt, oil and butter free. A fairy, romantic recipe. Perfect for picnic, brunch, or as a starter. Go to Primrose Frittata recipe >

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte

An healthy salad recipe, fresh and delicious, rich in colors and nutrients. An easy dinner recipe. Save Spring Piemonte salad recipe with your healthy dinner ideas and your salad recipes. Go to Spring Salad recipe >

Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. It is very fresh and savory. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared the day before with a great flavor. Go to Bowl of Savoy recipe >

Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese. It has a delicate flavor base due to the cream cheese that progressively reveals candied fruits and raisins soaked in Marsala.

We, here in Piedmont, are used to prepare the bowl of Savoy with a particular type of cheese typical of the Langhe and Monferrato called seiras. I tried to prepare it with a cream cheese like Philadelphia and I found it very similar to the original and just as delicious.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. No bake dessert. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared in advance.

Bowl of Savoy is perfect for Valentine’s Day and as a last minute dessert

The Bowl of Savoy is a perfect dessert for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. It is easy, quick and really a smart dessert. As you can prepare it in a minute, with very popular ingredients and with no needs of baking, it could be prepared the day before (exalting the mixing of the savours) or as a last minute minute delicacy for your guests.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

A dessert full of history

Bowl of Savoy is a very traditional dessert in Piedmont. We called it in Piedmontese “Coppa Sabauda” [‘kɔppa sa’bauda]. It was the favorite dessert of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of Italy even called Father of the Homeland due to its role in the process of unification of Italy, and of the Bela Rosina its mistress and late wife.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

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Serve as you prefer

We absolutely love to enjoy the Bowl of Savoy with sour cherries in syrup but it is also perfect served plain or with a veil of icing sugar.

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 5

Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese. Easy, quick and smart. Perfect for Valentine's Day and as a last minute dessert. No need of baking.

Ingredients

    For the Cream
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (Philadelphia)
  • 5 oz. whipped cream (or whipping cream)
  • 3 oz. Marsala wine (instead of Marsala you can use Porto or Rum or simply water)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 oz. vanilla sugar
  • 1.5 oz. Rum
  • 1 oz. raisin
  • 1.5 oz. diced candied fruit
  • For the Garniture
  • sour cherries in sirup

Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins in the Marsala wine (or Porto, or Rum or water) for about 15-20 minutes
  2. In case you have bought the whipping cream, whip the cream, otherwise skip to the next step
  3. When the raisins are softened, remove the excess of liquid using a strainer and squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands
  4. Then place all the ingredients together in a bowl
  5. Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is soft and smooth, be sure that there are no lumps
  6. Pour the contents into bowls or cups or glasses and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  7. When you're ready to serve, decorate the bowls with the cherries and their syrup.
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 Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious dessert with cream cheese

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Nougat Cake

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays. 

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The nougat tradition

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

Nougat (Torrone in Italian) is a specialty of Alba made ​​with honey and hazelnuts. Its characteristic is that it is very hard, so hard that often it is necessary to help with a meat mallet to break it into pieces. It is usually consumed after meals of Christmas: it brings to the table on a wooden board with a knife ( and a meat mallet ) and the landlord breaks it into many pieces. For every hit it off pieces and hundreds of crumbs end up a bit everywhere around the cutting board. While chatting, we eat the pieces, gather up the crumbs and cut other pieces together maybe sipping a good cup of coffee and while some diner begins to peel some Mandarin. It is a sweet friendly, typical of the long Christmas meals eaten with the family, enjoying the warmth of the house and the goodness of traditional delicacies.

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

 

A basic cake with an Italian soul

The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

The base of the cake nougat is very similar to the base of many cakes: flour, milk, eggs and sugar. These ingredients accompany and enhance the flavor of honey and hazelnut of the nougat. During the cooking, the solid and white  part of nougat  melts completely  creating fondant areas around the hazelnuts. Tasting the cake you can feel all the flavor of hazelnuts from the Langhe, the scent from the honey dissolved and enhanced by the eggs and sugar.
A simple cake, but not the usual cake.

 

Nougat Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 10

Nougat Cake

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz. wheat flour
  • 8 oz. sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1.7 fl.oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 fl. oz. milk
  • 7 oz. nougat (Italian torrone, if you can choose use the Torrone of Alba)
  • 0.5 oz. baking powder
  • For greasing the pan
  • butter and cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Using a kitchen knife and a meat mallet to break the nougat pezzetini very small, about 0.5-1 inch
  2. In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs and sugar
  3. Add the flour gradually, stirring constantly
  4. Pour the milk
  5. Pour the oil, always mixing
  6. Add the baking powder and mix it well
  7. And at this point pour the nougat cutted into small pieces
  8. Prepare a baking pan with butter and corn meal as usual
  9. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 30-40 minutes
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The Nougat Cake is a simple and delicious cake. Easy to make and great for every occasion, even to use nougat after the Christmas holidays.

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Castagnaccio

The chestnut cake Castagnaccio is a typical “slow” cake.It is sugar-free, egg-free, diary-free, gluten-free and one with the few ingredients possible, but rich in flavor.

Castagnaccio recipe

The chestnut cake is a typical cake of the autumn and winter period. It has a distinctive and very particular flavor, usually either you love it or you hate it. It is a sugar-free and a gluten-free cake and also one with the fewest ingredients possible.

Castagnaccio recipe

It can be eaten warm or hot and it is delicious served with a spoon of whipped cream or ice cream, or simply dusted with icing sugar.

Castagnaccio

It is a cake that was made in poor farms when white flour was scarce. Nowadays we hear much of the abuse of refined flour and the recovery of the poorest and substitutes that when integrated can help us stay healthy. This is one of those recipes, simple, fat-free, gluten-free, diary-free, sugar-free and egg-free.

Try it and tell me what do you think!

Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 17 oz. chestnut flour
  • 2 oz. pine nuts
  • 2 oz. raisins
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 23-24 fl.oz. water (this is an indicative volume, it may be needed a less or more quantity of water, use the quantity to obtain a fluid consistency)
  • For greasing the pan
  • butter

Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins in water for about 15-20 minutes
  2. In a large bowl pour the flour
  3. Add a pinch of salt
  4. Add pine nuts
  5. Add raisins soaked in water and squeezed
  6. Then pour the water slowly and gradually stir with a fork
  7. Continue to add water until the dough is smooth
  8. Add the oil
  9. Mix the oil with a fork
  10. Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Put a little butter in a baking pan and place the pan with the butter for a few minutes in the oven to mel the butter, remove the pan and brush the melted butter over the entire inner surface of the pan. The traditional recipe uses butter, but you can substitute the butter with a drizzle of oil and baking paper.
  11. Pour the mixture into the pan
  12. Put in the oven as soon as it reaches 180 degrees and cook for at least half an hour and as long as the surface form small cracks.
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Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio