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Mantova, DaVinci & A Torta Sbrisolana for Spring

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Wandering through the elegant little streets of the city of Mantova can be an excellent way to spend an afternoon. But the last time I visited I spent most of my day visiting the palaces of the Gonzagas

The city is dripping with culture form a time past..from the Teatro Accademico where Mozart appeared to many visits by Leonardo DaVinci because of a close friendship he had with Isabella D’Este, the daughter of the Duke of Ferrara

Isabella married one of the Gonzagas and she ruled Mantua for a time. Because of her the city literally became a cultural center. Almost every notable artist of her day painted her portrait..and her effect, even though many years ago, is still felt in some way as you stroll through.

After a long day of strolling and wandering through the Gonzagas ‘home’ a welcome stop was a local restaurant…I can’t remember exactly what we ordered there ,but I do remember that the meal ended with a Torta Sbrisolana di Mantova ..the flavor has never left elegant and delicious as the town itself.

A crumbly, buttery cornmeal cake……

.torta sbrisolana

Torta Sbrisolana di Mantua

1 ½ cups(300)gr cornmeal flour

½ cup(100 gr) white flour

1 cup (200 gr) chopped almonds

¾ cup (150 gr) butter

2 egg yolks

½ cup (100 gr) sugar

grated zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp 95 gr) pure vanilla

Confectioner’s Sugar for topping

In a bowl place flours, egg yolks, lemon zest,softened butter. Vanilla. Blend the dough till it is well blended but crumbly. Crumble or sprinkle the crumbly batter into a buttered cake pan and bake in oven preheated to 350F (180C) for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool before removing from pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Please join meat the following…I will be taking The Basic Art of Italian Cooking to:
**April 30-May 1-Reston, Virginia-Reston Town Center-Great Grapes Festival-Book signing and on stage cooking demos

**May 14th- 1-3 PM Fante’s Italian Market. 9th Street Italian Market for a book signing of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions

**May 15th-Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, Pa 11-2 Book signing and cooking demo

**Book Expo America, Javits Convention Center,NY,NY- 3:30-4:30


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