There is no Carnival celebration in Florence without the Schiacciata alla Fiorentina! This traditional cake, scented with orange and vanilla and dusted with confectioner sugar is typically served during Carnival season. Every pastry shop in Florence has its own well guarded recipe and they’ll even add a layer of fresh whipped cream in the middle….which works really well!! Florentines will eat it by the slice while sipping a cappuccino or buy the whole cake to bring home to share with their loved ones. Together with the panino al lampredotto is one of those delicacies that you’ll find only in Florence.
Enjoy the recipe!
- 10.5 oz unbleached flour
- .75 oz fresh yeast
- 3.5 oz butter
- 3.5 oz sugar
- 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
- 1 orange
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanillaextract
- Powdered sugar
- Dissolve the yeast in little warm water. Combine the flour and the watery yeast in a bowl until you have a dough. Cover with a towel and put some place warm to rise until it has doubled in size (about an hour).
- Beat in the butter, sugar, eggs, the zest of the orange, vanilla and salt until well combined. Mix the flour an yeast dough with the butter mixture very slowly until well incorporated. Place the dough in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Cover with a towel and let the schiacciata rise for about 2 hours.
- Bake at 350 ºF for about 30 minutes or until the surface is golden brown. Put onto a wire rack to cool, when cool dust liberally with powdered sugar.
- Tip: before pulling it out of the oven insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean it’s cooked properly!