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Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio is a typical autumn dessert made on chestnut flour. This is also a poor dish of peasant origin being the chestnut widespread in the countryside, inexpensive and nutritious. The first news of this dessert dates back to 1500 and it seems to have been conceived by a certain Pilade from Lucca; from the 1800s it is enriched with raisins and pine nuts and spreads to the rest of Italy. It is characteristic of the Apennine areas of Tuscany, Liguria, Emilia and Piedmont.


It was also called wood bread or bread of the poor for the simplicity of the ingredients (but the names it takes in the various areas of Italy are varied: a low bread, not leavened, prepared with humble ingredients guillotine, pattona, toppone, baldino and migliaccio). The original recipe is really very simple: the chestnut flour obtained from the grinding of dried, dense, satiating and nourishing chestnuts, mixed with water, oil and rosemary to obtain a low bread, not leavened, which replaced the most precious one obtained from wheat flour.

An Autumn Cake

This dish also has a curious side: it was said that the rosemary leaflets used in the recipes were a filter of love: the young man who ate dessert offered to him by a woman would fall in love with her and marry her.


Already in the beginning, however, there wasn’t a codified recipe of chestnut, which could be enriched with sugar, orange zest, fennel seeds, honey but also cheese or lard according to the available ingredients. Over time, raisins and pine nuts have become the two most appreciated ingredients, and today they are part of the classic recipe.

Tuscan recipes

According to the Tuscan recipe it should be made with chestnut flour from Mount Amiata which has is on the market beginning from the end of November. It is usually cooked in a wide, round baking tray, with low edges, possibly made of copper, and is ready when the surface appears cracked. The result, given the ingredients, is obviously not a tall and fluffy cake, but a low and moist focaccia, with a delicate and full flavor.

Castagnaccio can be served with honey or hazelnut cream, but it goes very well with salted dishes too: try it, still warm, with cold cuts and cheeses.

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