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How to Make Italian Dessert Torta della Nonna at Home

Torta della Nonna

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Making Torta della Nonna at home can be a delightful culinary experience. Here’s a basic recipe to help you recreate this delicious Italian dessert. Please note that recipes may vary, and this is a general guideline:

Ingredients for Torta della Nonna:

For the Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Zest of one lemon

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions for Torta della Nonna :

1. Prepare the Pastry: a. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. b. Add the cold diced butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. c. Add the egg and vanilla extract, pulsing until the dough comes together. d. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, gather it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

3. Roll out the Pastry: a. Roll out the chilled pastry on a floured surface to fit a tart pan. b. Place the rolled-out pastry into the tart pan, pressing it into the edges. Trim any excess dough.

4. Make the Filling: a. In a saucepan, heat the milk with the vanilla bean (split and scraped) or vanilla extract until it just begins to boil. b. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and flour until well combined. c. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking continuously to avoid curdling. d. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. e. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon zest, and let it cool slightly.

5. Assemble the Torta: a. Pour the custard filling into the prepared pastry crust. b. Sprinkle the top with pine nuts.

6. Bake: Bake the Torta della Nonna in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set.

7. Cool and Serve: Allow the tart to cool before removing it from the pan. Dust the top with powdered sugar before serving.

Enjoy your homemade Torta della Nonna! Adjustments can be made based on personal preferences, and feel free to experiment with different flavor variations.

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