Torta Paesana (Italian Chocolate Bread Pudding)

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 8
YIELD: 1 cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 13
    ounces white bread (french or italian simple bread, better if one day old)
  • 7
    ounces amaretti cookies or 7 ounces other dry cookies (bitter almonds macaroons, for example)
  • 4
    cups milk
  • 3 12
    ounces bittersweet cocoa powder
  • 14
    cup Amaretto, di saronno originale (optional only if you use other cookies)
  • 3 12
    ounces white sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 14
    cup raisins
  • 14
    cup chopped nuts (or almonds)
  • 12
    teaspoon grated lemon, zest of
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DIRECTIONS

  • Soak cookies and bread in the milk overnight.
  • The day after blend the soaked mixture in an electric mixer.
  • Pour mixture in a medium bowl, fold in eggs and then the rest of the ingredients until well blended.
  • Grease a 9 inches round pan and coat greased bottom and sides with some flour or breadcrumb.
  • Pour mixture in prepared pan and bake in preheated oven (175°C – 350°F) for about 45 minutes.
  • Serve cold.
  • Enjoy!
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