Chestnut time, and then both chestnut cake. Actually, It is a long time since I wanted to prepare the chestnut, but I locked the large number of regional variations not only, but also local to this recipe. A recipe of the cake, completely and naturally gluten, which obviously does not belong to my culture, but rather the Centre Italy and Tuscany (but it is also prepared in Piedmont, Liguria, Lazio and Emilia Romagna). If you love chestnuts, I refer you to all my RELATED LINKS, sweet and savory, to find something you might like.

When I went to Lucca, where it appears that the recipe originated, I ate that lucchese, prepared without sugar and Rosemary, then in Pistoia did eat another with a little’ of sugar in the dough and the fennel seeds. I know that there are also versions with nuts into the dough, or with milk instead of water.

Now, given the choice and since it is not a recipe of mine, I choose just what I liked the most, and then one with a little’ of sugar (It is true that chestnuts are naturally sweet, but for me a little’ sugar smoked strong hints of chestnut flour allays) and with the fennel seeds that give an aromatic fragrance especially sweet. If you want, You can omit the sugar. The soft chestnut cake is easy to make and really tells all stories Autumn, with lit fireplaces, steaming trays, fallen leaves. Have a good day.

castagnaccio (doses for a cake of 26-28 cm)

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  • 400 g of chestnut flour
  • 650 milliliters of natural mineral water
  • 80 grams of raisins
  • 50 grams of toasted pine nuts
  • fennel seeds or fresh rosemary (based on your favorite scents), to taste
  • 40 milliliters of olive oil
  • a large pinch of salt
  • 35 grams of sugar (Optional)


Prepare the cake is simple. Put the raisins to soak in warm water for 30 minutes to rehydrates it, then dry it with care.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees static.

Put the chestnut flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl, then pour l & #8217; water to wire working l & #8217; mixture with a whip, so you get before a batter, smooth with no lumps, and finally a compound always smooth but semi liquid, very watery.

Add to the mix the chestnut half the pine nuts and raisins half. Grease a cake pan to low edges (or many small individual portions) with extra virgin olive oil and pour in the mixture.

Sprinkle the surface of the castagnaccio with pine nuts and raisins remaining, the fennel seeds and fresh rosemary.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the surface of the castagnaccio won't be filled with tiny cracks: This indicates that the chestnut is perfectly cooked. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve warm. If you want, You can accompany the chestnut how to Lucca with fresh ricotta. Bon appétit!


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Ivana 15 October 2019 at 18:17

…as I thought
and I confess I've already made a little (quantities) experiment with only milk, no sugar in the dough and “breaded” sugar after fried them… In the end I've already eaten them all
Simple and tasty like fries…one pulls the other..

Ada Parisi October 16, 2019 at 10:51

I'm happy. I'll try them too, I'll come up for a recipe, let's see how they come. A warm greeting. ADA

Ivana 15 October 2019 at 08:45

Hi Ada, I was looking for recipe and suggestions to make pancakes with chestnut flour … with all the goodness you cook for sure you know them
In some recipes water is used but I think using only milk is better, also fried vans in a good dose of oil or a little ?

Ada Parisi 15 October 2019 at 16:50

Hi Ivana, but I have to confess to you that I don't know them. But I'll fix it and I'll make them soon, so you'll give me your opinion on the recipe. Nose, Anyway, I tell you that milk is better than water and that they go fried in a lot of oil. A hug, ADA


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