LUNIGIANA: THE MEDIEVAL “CHESTNUTS” BROWNY

Chestnuts were “the bread of the poor” in medieval time and up to the whole nineteenth century.


In addition to being widely available in nature, they were easily preserved and nutritious. The characteristic that made them most loved, in any case, was the sweet taste they gave to the preparations. In fact, sugar in the first half of the Middle Ages was not widespread, starting from the eleventh century was slowly introduced in the cooking of the upper layers of the population, and until the nineteenth century was still a luxury.

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The chestnut is therefore a cake without sugar, in its basic version made only from chestnut flour and water.

It can be enriched with pine nuts, walnuts, raisins and raisins and flavoured with oil and rosemary, without moving away from “medieval cooking”.

The chestnut, of clear and well-known medieval origin, is still part of contemporary Tuscan cuisine.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 g CHESTNUT FLOUR
  • 650 g WATER
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

SALT,ROSEMARY, PINE NUTS, WALNUTS, RASINS…

Mix ingredients, put in the mold, cook 200 degrees approx 30 minutes (depends by many factors…). You will get a humid cake

5 pensieri su “LUNIGIANA: THE MEDIEVAL “CHESTNUTS” BROWNY

    1. Hi Mary! The idea that “dessert” is to be served after a meal is modern. It only was introduced after XVIII century. Well, to be honest it is at the same time modern and very old: romans did so, but then this “order” of “antipasto”, “piatto forte”, “dessert” got swamped away. In middle age, reinassence and barroque sweet and savoury dishes were all served together. Beside that, chestnut flower was used in a way as wheat flower: so this browny was eaten either as we would eat a focaccia now (a snack) or as we eat bread. Hope it helps!

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      1. Dear Mary, are you going to join classes tomorrow? We have a special guest at the beginning, the descendant of Dante itself!! I think you would enjoy it a lot. I am not sure if you can join all the 5 classes but in any case, if you want to come the first 20 minutes of day 1 for this private meeting with Dante’s discendant you are my guest and most welcome!!

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