Torta della nonna (grandma's cake)

Traditional Recipe: Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Pie)

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Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Pie) is a delicious and delicate pie made with a soft shortcrust pastry and filled with plenty of thick Italian custard (Crema Pasticciera) and garnished with lots of pine nuts and icing sugar. It’s a Florentine recipe, but is also quite popular in Liguria; in fact many bakeries and coffee shops make this wonderful cake in Genoa. I thought it might be difficult for you to come and have a taste so here is the recipe for you to enjoy!🙂

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Tips.

1. It can be quite a difficult to cover the pie with the thin layer of pastry, but you can simplify the recipe using only one layer of shortcrust for the pie case.

2. You might need less custard to fill the pie crust, I used a little less.

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Torta Della Nonna.

Preparation time: 50 minutes + resting time

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Medium difficulty

Ingredients

For the pastry (with the ingredients listed here, follow the method in this recipe)

350 g sifted flour

165 g butter

165 g of sugar

3 egg yolks

a pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

2 drops of vanilla extract

For the custard or crema pasticciera (with the ingredients listed here, follow the method in this recipe)

1 litre of milk

8 egg yolks

140 g caster sugar

90 g sifted flour

the grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon (possibly organic)

To garnish

icing sugar to taste

100 g pine nuts

Method.

1. Prepare the shortcrust pastry and place in the refrigerator to cool for 40 minutes.

2. Prepare the custard and let cool, stirring occasionally.

3. Place the pine nuts in water with ice for 30 minutes (so that they won’t burn when you cook them), then dry them with a kitchen towel.

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4. Cut the dough into two pieces, keeping in mind that one pieces should be a bit bigger than the other for the pie crust.

5. Using two pieces of baking paper, roll out the bigger piece of dough (5 mm thickness) to make a tart case with a slightly higher edge. Place the baking paper with the pastry onto the cake tin ( 22 cm wide).

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6. Pierce the pastry with a fork, then fill with the custard.

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7. Roll out a disk of pastry (5 mm thick), then cover the pie and seal the two layers of pastry. Using a pastry cutter, cut and remove the excess pastry, then top with the pine nuts.

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8. Bake at 180° C (356° F) for 40 minutes and let cool.

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9. Place in the fridge for at least an hour, then garnish with icing sugar.

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Torta della nonna.

Tempo di preparazione: 50 minuti + il riposo

Tempo di cottura 40 minuti

Media difficoltà

Ingredienti

Per la frolla (con ingredienti scritti qui, seguite la preparazione di questa ricetta)

350 g farina setacciata

165 g burro

165 g di zucchero

3 tuorli d’uova

un pizzico di sale

1/2 bustina di lievito per dolci

2 gocce di estratto di vaniglia

Per la crema (con gli ingredienti scritti qui, seguite la preparazione di questa ricetta)

1 litro di latte intero

8 tuorli d’uova

140 g di zucchero semolato

90 g farina setacciata

la buccia di un limone grattugiato, non trattato e possibilmente bio

Per decorare

zucchero a velo vanigliato q. b.

100 g di pinoli

Preparazione

1. Preparate la pasta frolla e mettetela in frigo a raffreddare.

2. Preparate la crema pasticciera e lasciatela raffreddare, mescolando di tanto in tanto.

3. Mettete i pinoli in acqua con del ghiaccio per 30 minuti (per evitare di bruciarli durante la cottura), poi asciugateli bene con la carta da cucina.

4. Tagliate la pasta in due, tenendo presente che un pezzo dovrà essere un po’ più grande dell’altro per la base della torta.

5. Stendete il pezzo più grande tra due fogli di carta da forno (lo spessore deve essere di circa 5 mm) , come per fare una crostata con il bordo alto. Aiutandovi la carta da forno, trasferite la sfoglia di pasta su una teglia (larga 22 cm).

6. Bucherellate la frolla con una forchetta e riempite con la crema pasticciera.

7. Stendete un disco con la pasta rimasta (di spessore 5 mm), poi ricoprite la torta e sigillate i bordi. Tagliate la pasta in eccesso e ricoprite la torta con i pinoli.

8. Cuocete in forno a 180° per 40 minuti, poi fate raffreddare.

9. Mettete la torta a rassodare nel frigo per almeno un’oretta.  Prima di servire, decorate con abbondante zucchero a velo.

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34 thoughts on “Traditional Recipe: Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Pie)

    1. Grazie mille! Devo ammettere che ho dovuto impastare due volte la parte superiore! Essendo molto sottile, tendeva a rompersi facilmente…Ma alla fine il risultato era ottimo!🙂

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, I take my own photographs; I have a room that I use as a studio with professional lighting equipment…I have to say, I love writing my own recipes, but I enjoy taking pictures of the dishes even more!🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Naina! It is a beautiful and delicious pie, created by a famous chef in Tuscany. Of course, I don’t have the original recipe, this is my adaptation, but I think it comes close…🙂 Have a wonderful week!!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! The name might suggest that this recipe comes from a sweet old lady, but It was actually invented by a famous chef from Tuscany…This pie is very popular in Italy….It’s amazing!!!🙂

  1. How can Grandma’s Pie not be absolutely delicious? I love pinon nuts and I love custards and creamy things, so I know that this would really put a smile on my face with the first bite! Thanks sharing!

    1. Thank you darling for visiting!🙂 It is quite something this cake! It takes some time and care but it so yummy!!!!…I am glad that I have the chance to share these lovely traditional recipes, that are delicious but so popular outside of Italy…

  2. Can the custard cream pie be made using amaretti biscuits as a base.
    I have had biscuits sandwiched together, filled with the custard and rolled in crushed almonds. Deliziso

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