Recipe Torta Carrarina - Tuscan rice cake

Discussion in 'Baking, Bread Making and Cakes' started by MypinchofItaly, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Über Member

    Location:
    Milano (Italy)
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    The Carrarina cake takes its name from its city of origin, i.e. Massa Carrara in the Lunigiana area, in the northwest of Tuscany. It was born in that part of Tuscany (which borders on Liguria) because of the hard work at the marble quarries for which Massa Carrara is famous, the workers needed substantial and caloric food.
    It is a simple cake with a thin rice base, completely covered with a substantial layer of eggs and milk.


    Preparation: 20 mins, Cooking: 1 hour, Serves 4


    Ingredients

    • 120 g common rice suitable for desserts (small and round grains)
    • 250 g sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • ½ liter of milk
    • Lemon, grated rind
    • Vanilla extract, 2 ml
    • Rum, a small glass, or anise or marsala liqueur
    • Unsalted butter, to taste

    Method
    Preheat the oven.
    Boil the rice in unsalted water for about 8-10 minutes. Let it cool by putting it in a bowl or cold plate. Grease with butter a baking tin with high sides, put the rice crushing it evenly with your fingers. It will be the basis of the cake.
    Boil the milk together with the grated rind of the lemon and then let it cool. In a bowl whisk all the eggs, add the sugar and a small glass of rum and the vanilla in drops and mix everything together.
    Now pour the milk slowly on the eggs mix in the bowl. Be careful: milk should not be warm, only slightly lukewarm or it will cook the eggs. Mix everything together.
    Once you have obtained a very liquid mixture, pour it slowly on the rice in the bakin tin. Do not worry if it looks "too liquid", that's right.
    Put now in the oven already hot and cook for an hour at 170 degrees. It will be ready when a light crust begins to form, but to be sure, try the toothpick. Put it in the cake and if it is dry, it is ready.
    Pull it out of the oven and let it cool.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019 at 11:20 AM
  2. Wandering Bob

    Wandering Bob Senior Member

    Location:
    France
    Gorgeous! Très bien fait - miei complimenti.

    I've just come back from a long bike ride and I could dive into this head-first. Probably get loads of it in my beard (lol, lol, EVOO).

    If I can find the right rice here, then I'll have a go at this. I'll avoid the rum and be careful with the 'vanillin' (I guess that's vanilla essence?) - you don't specify a quantity, but I'd imagine not much more 1/4 teaspoon?

    7th line of the recipe … " Now pour the milk slowly on the rice in the bowl" … I think that should be "on the egg mixture in the bowl"...because the rice is in the baking tin...

    Never mind the marble workers, I think this would be perfect for tired, cold and hungry cyclists too.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019 at 6:03 PM
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  3. epicuric

    epicuric Über Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    Lovely!
     
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  4. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Über Member

    Location:
    Milano (Italy)
    Thank you, Merci, Grazie.
    And thanks for your considerations.
    If you can't find that rice, you can also use Carnaroli or Arborio.
    For the quantities of vanilla extract I used a small 2 ml vial.
    The rum (a shot) you can also avoid it if you do not want to put it, there are alternatives such as anise liqueur or even marsala. But they are not mandatory at all.
    For the milk to be poured:
    7th line of the recipe ... "I think that should be on the egg in the bowl ... because the rice is in the baking tin ..."
    Yes, right, here I slipped badly like milk.
    It should be poured into the bowl with the beaten eggs+sugar and then poured all together passionately on the rice already present in the baking tin.
    So it sounds better and the hungry cyclists (and marble workers) are safe!
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019 at 2:38 PM
  5. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Über Member

    Location:
    Milano (Italy)
    Thank you!
     

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