Dolce Vita Bloggers: Italy's hidden gem!


We can't boast to having visited many places in Italy, but we are working on that. However, we can boast that having family from Praiano, along the famous Amalfi Coast, often means we don't need to visit anywhere else! With it's breathtaking views, cute cobbled streets, quaint villages and, of course, our family, Praiano has everything we could possible want/need.


We'd definitely say that it is our hidden gem; a place where we feel content, safe and at home. We wrote more about Praiano in our Love Letter to Italy, so today instead of talking about the village itself, we're going to share with you, a hidden gem, within our hidden gem. And, that comes in the form of a recipe; one that our Zia Rosetta made for us last year and that we have tried and tested ourselves a few times upon our return home. It's for a Chocolate Cake, made with ground almonds, known as Torta Caprese.

Upon doing further research about this cake, we realized that a classic Torta Caprese is made without flour and is quite straightforward. But we like to do things a little differently in our family, so in Zia Rosetta's recipe you will find a little flour and also Rum, because, well, who doesn't want a bit of alcohol in their cake?!

It's absolutely AMAZING and one we're definitely sneaking into our cookbook! Zia Rosetta made it on our last night in Italy, and we couldn't resist bringing some home. Then, we proceeded to make it within a week of being back with Nanna. It made her so happy! :)

We hope you enjoy it!



Zia Rosetta's Torta Caprese! 



Ingredients: For One 12 inch cake pan.

300g Sugar
300g Almonds
300g Chocolate
200g Butter
3 tbps Flour
5 Egg Whites
5 Egg Yolks
1 Cup of Rum

What to do:

- First, start to melt your butter and chocolate over a double boiler. You can let it melt slowly, while preparing everything else.

- Whisk your egg yolks in a large bowl, then add the sugar and mix again until smooth and creamy in texture.

- Add the 3 tbsps of flour and mix. While whisking, reduce the speed of the mixer or hand held electric whisk and pour in the rum. 

- Next, add the ground almonds and mix till combined.

- Check on the butter and chocolate mixture. Give it a stir and if melted, add it to the bowl. (We let it cool ever so slightly first.) 

- Lastly, whisk up the egg whites, till soft peaks form and then fold them slowly into your mixture. 

- Cut a large circle of parchment paper and wet it before placing it on the bottom of the tin. 

- Bake at 180 degrees C for one hour. 



Buon Appetito!
Love



14 comments :

  1. Homemade recipes made with love passed on from generation to generation is definitely a hidden gem. I'm pleased you are taking this precious gift and giving it renewed life so that it can continue!

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    1. Thank you so much! Recipes like this mean the world to us! We absolutely love learning them and hope to keep passing them down! <3

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  2. Wow, a whole cup of rum! Brava Zia Rosetta! I love making Torta Caprese too, but mine only has 3 tbsp. of alcohol, Strega, or if I'm making it a l'arancia, Grand Marnier. Now I am craving a slice! Buon appetito, Cristina

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    1. Haha! we hadn't found a recipe with alcohol in it online, so it's good to know others use it too! We want some now as well! We may have to make some this weekend! :)

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  3. This looks so good!! Your nonna looks precious!

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    1. Aww thank you! It's actually our Zia Rosetta in the photo, they all look very similar though! :) Our Nanna's one of 11!

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  4. Omigosh so intriguing, I must try it! I don't know if I've ever had this before but it looks so good. Thanks for this twist on the hidden gem theme as well! Jasmine of www.questadolcevita.com

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    1. You must Jasmine! It's perfect with a cup of espresso after lunch! It's so moist and chocolaty! <3 xx

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  5. Ciao Lucy & Kelly! I feel so honored that you shared a special family recipe with us! It's so funny, because literally last night I was craving a chocolate cake, and viola, here is one that I need to make!!! It looks absolutely delicious, and rum is always such a good compliment to chocolate! Love your gem within a gem ;)

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    1. Ciao Kelly! Aww thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed the post. Definitely let us know if you try it. We love seeing people recreate recipes we hold so dear to our hearts! <3 xx

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  6. The Torta Caprese looks molto buono! It looks so enticing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. #DolceVitaBloggers

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    1. Thank you so much, we're glad you like the look of it! Simple, yet delicious! <3

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  7. What a sweet post! You're so lucky to be able to keep these recipes! Great that you're writing them down so they don't disappear! x

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    1. We know! We realized we have to because our family don't have any recipes written down. We just have videos in our heads of watching Nanna and Grandad and our Aunties cook and that's what we go off! :p It's actually quite difficult trying to write everything and figure out measurements, when we are used to just doing it! :p xx

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