Castagnaccio is an Italian cake made from chesnut flour. The flour has a hint of a smokey flavour as it is obtained by placing the chesnuts on a grate through which they are roasted by a wood fire underneath. The flour is easily found in Italy but I am not sure how easy it is to find in the UK.
What you need:
300g chestnut flour
50g walnuts (or just do 80g pinenuts)
1 orange (for the rind)
3 dessert spoons of sugar
1: Mix the flour, sugar, a pinch of salt, the orange rind shredded and half a litre of water making sure that there are no lumps.
2: Add a few dessert spoons of olive oil and leave the mixture alone for about an hour.
3: Grease a large oven dish and pour the cake mixture into it. The mixture should be spread quite thinly. It isn’t a thick cake.
4: Place the sprigs of rosemary ontop and sprinkle the raisins and nuts ontop.
5:Drizzle about 4 dessert spoons of olive oil over it and cook in the oven at 200 centigrade for about 45 minutes.
It is delicious eaten warm from the oven with a dollop of ricotta.