Torta Piedmontese or Torta di Mercenasco
by Paul R. Mosso
(Natrona Hts., Pa.)
Torta di Mercenasco is my very favorite dessert recipe. It is also loved by all my family. I did not have the recipe. However, I called my first cousin in Mercenasco, Italy(north of Torino) and this is what she gave me as the recipe:
1) In a large bowl, mix 1 quart milk, 12 eggs, one tablespoon of sugar for each egg and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
2)Mix with a whisk then set aside. Then put about an inch of sugar in a bundt pan and carmelize it (medium dark brown). Add peach halves, about 5 to 6. Add the mixture in the bowl into the bundt pan.
3) Set the bundt pan into a large pan of boiling water (i.e.a double boiler). The idea is to cook the mixture with steam. Cook for approximately 45 minutes--until fork penetrates cleanly.
4) Remove the bundt pan and turn upside down into a large bowl. Let cool then refrigerate.
Can serve with whipped cream.
Note: This is absolutely the best dessert I have ever eaten. I will try it myself now that I've obtained the recipe.
P.S. Mercenasco is a small village about 30 miles north of Torino. I have many cousins living there today.
Maria's reply: Thank you so much for sending the recipe and I can't wait to make it. Venice and Veneto have some lovely desserts but nowhere can match the desserts and indeed cuisine of Piedmont.
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Best Italian Recipe..
(Natrona Hts., Pa 15065)
One of our families most famous desserts. I do not have the recipe but I remember it is made with peaches, eggs, milk, sugar, etc. It is made in an aluminum Bundt pan (The sugar is carmellized.) I always loved this dessert. I also liked Polenta Dolce, Zambione , and Nocciolinidi Mercenasco (north of Turin).
Unfortunately these recipes were lost since my mother passed away many years ago. Both my parents come from Mercenasco,Italy which is about 30 miles north of Turin.
I have developed a great breadstick recipe using the Biga method to make Ciabatta bread. They are tasty and crunchy. I make these often. Also bake many biscotti recipes. See if you can find the recipe for Torta Piedmontese in your travels in Piedmont.
Please Book with Us...
Maria here, if you enjoy my site and Facebook page I'd love your support.
Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) with the search box below or with any of the hotel links on the website.
I promise you'll get the best deal on accommodation available and the income we receive from HotelsCombined helps us to:
- Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
- Never have to accept money from hotels directly; that way we can share only those we genuinely love.
Ever experienced a summer in Italy? Well, we've a way that you can bring the sunshine and happiness of an Italian summer home with you.
Need a push to get going? Here are 12 Reasons to Move to Italy now and start living your life the dolce vita way.
City of bicycles, City of canals, City of medieval wonders. Padova is all of this and much more.
Padua Italy, known as Padova in Italian, has to be one of the loveliest of all Italian cities. There is so much to see and do here and it is a city that so many fall hopelessly in love with... I certa…
There is a hotel in Rome that is so very special, where breakfast is served under the orange trees with the fragrance of orange blossom infusing the air.