Torta della Nonna is a traditional Roman and Tuscan desert found in a myriad of bakeries. Rome, being the city of my heart I just had to add it! It is absolutely delicious, reminiscent of the Pastiera Napoletana made at Easter.
250 grams cake flour or 00 flour
1 large egg plus 3 yolks
100 grams sugar
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, melted with the butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
250 grams fresh ricotta
125 grams pine nuts
125 grams sugar
1 lemon, zest and juice
Preheat the oven to 200 C
For the pastry, make a well in the flour and put the egg, yolks, sugar, butter and olive oil mix in the center and make a stiff dough, similar to fresh pasta. Take your time and don’t stress. Add the flour little at a time until the liquid in the well is thick enough to bring together with your hands. Knead until the dough is smooth and allow it to rest for about 20 minutes in the fridge.
Make the filling by mixing together the ricotta, pine nuts, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and eggs in a bowl until you have a creamy mixture.
Now roll out the pastry into two circles. Put one circle down to line the bottom and sides of your pan. Spread the ricotta mixture evenly over this layer and then put the other circle of dough over the top and nip the edges together.
Put in the oven to bake for 35 to 40 minutes, keeping an eye on it. Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.
Serve with a vin Santo from Cappezzana.