The “pinolata senese” or Tuscan pine nut cake is a traditional cake from Siena. This delicious pine nut cake recipe was passed on by Giulia Scarpaleggia, who originally got it from a famous Senese pastry shop.
Tuscan Pine nut cake is also part of Juls’ childhood. In her blog she talks about afternoons spent with his grandad in San Gimignano picking up pine nuts at the park outside the city walls.
” Now the park is unfortunately different, they cut down my huge shady pine trees, but if I close my eyes I can still hear the gravel crunching under my child feet, and the balsamic smell of the pine resin (…) I ate one pine nut after the other with my hands blackened by the fairy pine nut shell dust, leaving just a tiny handful for a possible cake.
That’s why I waited so long to make my first pine nut cake! This is a recipe with a long story, my favorite kind of recipes”.