Torta di Nocciole: Hazelnut Cake from Piedmont

Make this Italian cake recipe - Torta di Nocciole - The Taste SF shares a Hazelnut Cake recipe from Piedmont.

Northern Italy’s Piedmont region is known for truffles, wine, and hazelnuts. You’ll see hazelnuts and hazelnut products everywhere. On a recent visit, we spent a night in a small bed and breakfast in Nieve, close to Barolo and Barbaresco, called L’Aromatario. Breakfast included local meats and cheese, fruit, baked apples, hardboiled eggs, toasted hazelnuts, and this fantastic Torta di Nocciole or hazelnut cake.

Torta di Nocciole is a local and traditional hazelnut cake served in Piedmont. The owner of the bed and breakfast was kind enough to share the recipe with us. You’ll need half a pack of Italian Levito, which you can find at Italian markets or online here.

Make this Italian cake recipe - Torta di Nocciole - The Taste SF shares a Hazelnut Cake recipe from Piedmont that you can serve for breakfast or dress it up for dessert.
Traditional Italian breakfast can include cake too! This Bed and Breakfast in Piedmont served cake, fruit, baked apples, hard boiled eggs, and more. Make this cake recipe - Torta di Nocciole - The Taste SF shares a Hazelnut Cake recipe from Piedmont.

Hazelnut Torte
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Ingredients
  • 150g 00 Flour
  • 150 g Hazelnuts (toasted and ground or flour)
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • 120g butter
  • ½ packet Levito or 8 g baking powder
Instructions
  1. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar.
  3. Mix together egg yolk mixture and melted butter, then the ground hazelnuts, then the flour, and Levito. The mixture will be very thick, resembling cookie dough.
  4. Gently combine together the yolk mixture and the egg whites.
  5. Bake in a 10 inch round pan for 350F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean?

Serve the hazelnut cake for breakfast or garnish it with a dollop of whipped cream or creme fraiche and a dusting of powdered sugar for dessert.

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