Bread, chocolate and hazelnut cake

Bread, chocolate and hazelnut cake

Torta di pane al cioccolato e nocciole

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The Italian Baker
Serves
6

How to make a delicious cake using leftover bread? Follow this recipe. I don’t like to waste food and so, whenever I have some bread left over, I bake this cake – stale bread works perfectly in many desserts. In England bread-and-butter pudding is a solid tradition and this makes me think that; after all, we are not so different from one another. Old recipes dating from tougher times, using whatever the pantry had to offer, are a feature common to all cultures. Chocolate was once a very expensive and rare ingredient, and so originally this cake was rich in spices and nuts. This version is more contemporary, and definitely a recipe to have to hand and to pass on.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
little softened butter, for greasing
225g stale bread
handful breadcrumbs
35g good-quality cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
140g ground hazelnuts
2 eggs
140g light muscovado sugar
1 orange, grated zested
2 tablespoons dark rum
pinch salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter an 18-cm, deep cake tin, sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the base and set aside.
  2. Cut the stale bread into chunks and put into a heatproof bowl. Bring the milk to a boil in a pan, pour over the bread and leave to soak and cool. Once cooled, squeeze out any excess milk from the bread and, using a fork, break the chunks down until mashed. Set aside.
  3. While the bread is soaking, process the cocoa powder and ground hazelnuts in a blender. Put the eggs, sugar and orange zest into a bowl and add the rum and salt. Using a balloon whisk, gently whisk the ingredients together. Using a large spoon or spatula, stir in the mashed bread and the cocoa and hazelnut mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Once cooled, dust generously with cocoa powder and serve.
Tags:
baking
cakes
biscuits
Italian
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