Recipe For Torta Della Nonna

For those of you who do not speak Italian, torta della nonna translates to grandmother’s cake. Dave and I had a version of this in Sicily which included fruit. I think the next time I make it I shall try it that way.
Torta Della Nonna
Torta Della Nonna
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Dave left me …. for 48 hours. At home, alone, to eat whatever I wanted and to read. The Thursday before he left for Port Elizabeth the latest Lee Child novel landed on my desk. I make a concerted effort to read the books I am sent to review in the order I receive them. But I could not wait to get stuck into Night School. On the Friday morning I dropped Dave off at the airport and then went to do some shopping. This was followed by a training session at gym and drinks with a friend. I got home and watched television and at 8pm climbed into bed with Jack Reacher! 20 minutes later I turned the light off as I was exhausted. Saturday morning I followed our usual routine of coffee in bed and made breakfast for myself. I got the ingredients ready for my torta della nonna.

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After binge watching MasterChef Australia I made my torta and then got stuck into reading. I had a 6pm date with my iPad to ‘watch’ the race taking place in Port Elizabeth. I kept one eye on the timing and the other on the rugby, which we won’t talk about. The race finished at 9pm with a great result of first place for our one friend and third for another. I then headed back to bed where I managed another 45 minutes of reading. Sunday morning after blogs and news and catching up on Facebook I took my book downstairs and finished reading it before I had to collect Dave from the airport at 10am. This is not an unusual feat for me to finish a book so quickly but it made me happy to have accomplished it. The only baking I accomplished all weekend was this torta!

Torta Della Nonna

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Torta Della Nonna
 
This set custard tart goes perfectly with jam
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Ingredients
for the Italian pastry cream
  • 1l milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 150g sugar, I used fructose
  • 150g flour
  • 5mls vanilla purée
for the pastry
  • 300g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g sugar, I used fructose
  • 5mls baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 120g butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 15mls water
  • zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
for the torta
  • 40g pine nuts
  • icing sugar for dusting
Method
for the Italian pastry cream
  1. Place the milk and lemon zest into a saucepan and place on the stove on a medium temperature
  2. Bring up to blood temperature and sieve into a jug
  3. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until at ribbon stage
  4. Slowly whisk in the flour until completely incorporated
  5. Temper the eggs with the sieved milk and whisk to combine
  6. Add the vanilla essence and return the custard to the sauce pan
  7. Stir over a medium temperature with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes
  8. Pour back into the mixing bowl and cover with cling film
  9. Place into the fridge to cool completely
for the pastry
  1. Sieve together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl
  2. Add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. Add the zest and mix in
  4. Whisk together the egg yolks and water and add to the flour
  5. Mix in until the dough starts to form
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, shape into a ball and flatten into a disc
  7. Cover with cling film and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill
for the torta
  1. Roll the pastry out to 3mm thick and place into a lined flan tin, setting aside the leftover pastry
  2. Dock the bottom of the pastry before carefully filling with the Italian pastry cream
  3. Roll out the leftover pastry into a 4mm thick disc
  4. Cover the top of the pastry cream with the pastry, sealing the edges using a fork
  5. Place into the fridge while you preheat the oven
  6. Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  7. Top the pastry with pine nuts and bake for 35 minutes
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before removing from the tin
  9. Dust with icing sugar before serving
My Notes
I baked mine for 40 minutes which was too long. Had the torta not needed so many egg yolks I would have baked it again for 35 minutes as I have noted here in the recipe

 

This is my contribution to this month’s Daring Kitchen Challenge hosted by Ginger-Z

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26 thoughts on “Recipe For Torta Della Nonna

  1. What a lovely 48 hours and of course…what a delicious tart. I haven’t tried this one before but know of it. I will definitely be doing Sicily next time!

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    1. We cannot wait to go back to Sicily 🙂

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  2. Looks delicious Tandy, wish I had a piece right now;)

    When my husband travels if I’m not working I do pretty much the same thing, very enjoyable.
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    1. It was most enjoyable, the book and the torta 🙂

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  3. That looks so delicious Tandy! I can imagine curling up with a good book and having a slice of this with some whipped cream for a decadant treat xx
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    1. The whipped cream would have made it decadent indeed 🙂

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  4. Ooh yummy cake and a binge fest of reading…sounds perfect to me!
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    1. It was perfect 🙂

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  5. Looks delicious in any language to me. The texture looks just perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  6. I very much like the sound of this recipe and am fond of desserts that include pine nuts, so it’s a double bonus.
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    1. Then you will love this 🙂

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  7. Whoa! That looks intrigueing and yummy!! Nothing better than a good book and some good munchies! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
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    1. For sure!

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  8. Yum, this torta looks like it would pair perfectly with a good book! But seriously… It sounds like you had my dream weekend 🙂

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    1. It was an amazing weekend 🙂

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  9. I’ve heard about it, but never tried it, looks tempting:)

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    1. It is very tempting 🙂

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  10. Your baked goods are always so exquisite looking Tandy!
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    1. Thank you Tammy 🙂

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  11. Oh this sounds so delicious! Like the sound of adding fruit too.
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    1. I think pears would be perfect for the torta 🙂

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  12. I also love finishing books (and making cakes) especially if both are good! 😀
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    1. And your cakes always look amazing!

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  13. Beautiful, just beautiful.

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    1. thank you Liz 🙂

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