Torta degli Addobbi is a sweet rice cake that was traditionally prepared during the "Feast of the Decorations", established since the seventeenth century in Bologna, for the tenth anniversary of the parish in which it was customary to expose colored drapes at the windows, as a sign of celebration.
On that occasion the homes of parishioners were open to visits by neighbors and acquaintances and guests were offered this cake. This rice cake was offered cut into small diamonds, each topped with a toothpick.
The Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi
You can also find this recipe on the most popular Italian cookbook: "Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well" by the writer and gastronome Pellegrino Artusi from Romagna.
790 recipes, collected by the author with passion within years of countless trips and published for the first time in 1891, "Artusi" is the most famous book about the Italian cuisine, the one from which all the great cooks of the last century have drawn inspiration and suggestions.
It's an unusual work that enhances the pleasure of eating well: more than a recipe book is a book of taste, full of dissertations, of linguistic ideas in a clear prose that recalls the warmth of friendly discourse.
The recipe n°638 is our rice cake, with just a few differences between the recipe you can find in Bologna bakeries (no liquor but 4 bitter almonds).
Traditional Rice Cake by Pellegrino Artusi, recipe n°638
And finally, (after an intense research between my cookbooks and online sites) this is the recipe:
120 g Arborio rice
1 liter of milk
150 g of sugar
100 g of candied citron
100 g of chopped almonds
the grated rind of one lemon
1 shot of liquor (we usually use bitter almond liquor, but you can use rum or other)
One last tip. If you're in Bologna and you'd like to taste Torta degli Addobbi you should try it at Panificio Atti, Via Caprarie 7, or at Le Sfogline, Via Belvedere 7, or during one of our food tours in Bologna. Unfortunately the rice cake needs to be eaten within 2/3 days since it was baked and it can 't be freezed so it's a joy that you can't take home as a food souvenir.
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