eCortemilia is a small medieval village in the province of Cuneo, well known for its cultivation of hazelnuts – in fact, the hazelnut cake is the village’s traditional cake.
Hazelnuts and toasted flour are the basic ingredients for Cortemilia’s sweets: "mini" desserts to be served and enjoyed at any time of the day.
Here is the traditional recipe.
- 100 g of toasted hazelnuts
- 100 g of white flour lightly toasted in the oven
- 70 g butter
- 1 large egg + 2 yolks
- 3 tablespoons sugar
Put in a pan the chopped hazelnuts with a spoonful of sugar, toasted flour, egg and softened butter. Put on heat and, stirring constantly, cook for about 15 minutes. When cooked, add the remaining sugar, the yolks and mix together quite vigorously.
Spread the mixture on a cooking board, straighten it carefully to get even thickness. Let it cool, cut it into diamond shapes, or form small balls, and sprinkle with cocoa.