Express Castagnaccio


As usual, I can never properly follow recipes: those that I read, or the traditional ones… In this case, it is the rivised version of a Tuscan sweet, made of chestnut flour, but in its light version and express.

This morning I woke up terribly hungry, because, beside a little chocolate muffin (yummy!) that my neighbor gave me to rescue me, last night I nibbled the edible leftovers that were in the fridge: I haven’t been buying anything in days! Luckily I had some chestnut flour in the pantry, which together with raisins (those ones, never miss!), allowed me to create a tasty breakfast.

1 / 2 cup of chestnut flour
1 handful of raisins
1 pinch of dried rosemary
1 pinch of chilli (optional)
water as needed

Put a non-stick pan on a low heat in order to heat it, add water to flour to form a liquid batter and pour it into the pan. It’s important that the flame is very low because, as no oil or other fats are used, the “castagnaccio” will burn on the bottom. As soon as begins to thicken, sprinkle the surface with a bit of rosemary and chilli, add the raisins, pressing them a little in the dough, so they don’t move when you turn the whole thing upside down. As soon as you can easily detach the castagnaccio from the bottom with a wooden spatula (about 3-4 minutes) turn it upside down to let it cook on the other side; be careful that at this stage not to burn the raisins, which would give an unpleasant flavour. As soon as this side as well is well browned (about 2 minutes), cut your castagnaccio into wedges and enjoy it with a good cup of coffee!


This cake can be defined a cake, even if it doesn’t contain sugar, because both the chestnut flour and raisins are already sweet. The chilli gives that energizing note to the breakfast, but in the morning you can feel its spicy taste more than during the rest of the day, then I would recommend it only to those who love it (like me)!

Chef: Marianna from VeganBlog

  1. melissa 6 December 2011 at 18:47

    This is such a great idea… I find it particularly interesting the addition of chili. MMmmmmhhhh! Well done you

  2. acorn 7 December 2011 at 06:17

    I like it very much… I’d serve it with a couple of tbs of soy yogurt 🙂

  3. Marianna 8 December 2011 at 08:34

    Thank you Melissa! The chili wakes you up in the morning 😉
    Acorn: yeeees!! I love it like that!

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