Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Cake)
This is an elegant and delicious dessert that you can try in Florence
. To make a really delicious Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Cake), it is recommended to use homemade butter dough instead of ready-made from the store.
For the creme:
- 5 egg yolks
- 2.5 cups of fresh milk
- ¼ corn starch
- ⅓ cup crystal sugar
For the butter dough:
- 2 tea cups Flour
- ½ tea cup crystal sugar
- 120 g cold butter cut on cubes
- 1 egg
- zest of 1 lemon
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- pinch of salt
Start with the creme.
Prepare it by heating the milk but without boiling.
In a bowl, beat the yolks and sugar, add the starch. Add the milk, stirring constantly.
Return the mixture to the heat and stir until the creme thickens. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling film so it doesn’t catch the crust.
When cool, store in the refrigerator.
It’s time to prepare the butter dough.
In a bowl, sift the flour and add all the dry ingredients and grated lemon zest. Добавете студеното масло, нарязано на кубчета и разбъркайте с шпатула.
Knead by hand until smooth, form into a ball, wrap in cling film and cool for 30 minutes.
Roll out on a floured surface a sheet with a thickness of ½ cm. Spread the dough on a tart tray or pie, shape the edges nicely and pierce the base with a fork.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before using it.
To complete your Torta della Nonna:
Remove the baking tin with the cold butter dough and fill with the cooled creme, sprinkle with a cup of pine nuts (soaked for 5 minutes in cold water) and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 50 minutes or until golden. Remove and allow to cool completely. Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.