Gianduitto (chocolate-hazelnut ice box cake)

February 4th, 2013 § 0 comments

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Gianduitto, is a popular dessert from the city of Turin, in the Piedmonte region of Italy. It was created in 1865 and an instead favorite by the people. The popularity had to due with the mixture of chocolate and hazelnuts, which apparently had never been done before. The cake was cut into wedges and wrapped in gold paper, which became a symbol of city.

Having read this, I figured, if this recipe has been around since 1865 and still a favorite, I had to make it to see for myself, what makes this dessert so popular. It was so easy to make…really easy. There is no cooking involved and it only took about 10-15 minutes to prepare. It does however, need about 3-4 hours to sit in the fridge to set.
It’s made by whipping pasteurized egg whites and sugar together, then cocoa, melted butter, ground hazelnuts and crushed almond cookies are added. This cake is rich, chocolatey and fudgy, which makes it a perfect pair with some cold creamy ice cream & a dollop of whipped cream.

I made the recipe just as I read it. Who am I to mess with the test of time?!!
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