Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Torta Cò Becchi alle Erbe "My mom's recipe"

The Torta Cò Becchi alle Erbe is a typical of Lucca. It is a cake made of chard, cheese,pinoli,bread and currants. In Lucca this cake is prepared throughout the year but especially for the feast of Santa Croce (Holy Cross,the patron of Lucca) or during the Easter.

The ingredients for the pastry are:
500 gr. of flour, 5 eggs (4 yolks and 1 white), 100 gr. of butter, a drop of milk, a pinch of salt, 2 small glasses of liqueur, 250 gr. of sugar.

The ingredients for the filling are:
a bunch of  chard cooked in butter, a pinch of parsley, 200 gr. of bread soaked in milk, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, liqueur, parmesan and pecorino cheese, 3 eggs, a bit of sugar, pinenuts and raisins.

Prepare the pastry by making a "fountain" with the flour, working it well with the other ingredients.
After working the dough, leave it to rest. After it has been well rested, roll it out and drape it over a well-buttered baking tin, being sure a good amount hangs over the edges of the tin.
Mix all the ingredients to prepare the filling that we will lay down on the baking tin. With the dough that hangs over the edges, fold them towards the center, giving them the shape of cones - the famous "becchi".
Cook at moderate heat for approximately 40 minutes

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