Castagnaccio is a gluten free Tuscan cake made with chestnut flour and flavored with pine nuts, walnuts, raisins and rosemary. A long time ago it was a poor dish made of a less rich mixture (only water, chestnut flour and oil). Today it has become one of Tuscany’s favorite desserts which can be eaten all year round because it's good both warm and cold.
They say in the winter it warms the heart and fingers (since you don't need a fork but just your hands to eat castagnaccio) and when it cools down it makes a perfect ending for your meal matched with a sweet liquory wine. Arturo Dori prepared it for Visit Tuscany and here you'll find his recipe. As you can see, it looks awesome, but it tastes better than it looks!
- 400 g chestnut flour*
- about 400 ml of warm water
- ½ glass extra-virgin olive oil
- 80 g pine nuts
- 200 g peeled walnuts
- 50 g raisins
Cover image credit: Flavia Cori
- Sieve the flour and knead with warm water until the dough is smooth and creamy
- Soak the raisins and the pine nuts for about 10 minutes in warm water, then rinse them
- Grease a baking tin with extra virgin oive oil
- Pour the mixture made of chestnut flour and water in the baking tin
- Top the castagnaccio mixture with rosemary needles, pine nuts, walnuts and a drizzle of oil
- Cook in fan oven at 200°C for about half an hour