Hazelnut Sbrisolona

Hazelnut Sbrisolona
Hazelnut SbrisolonaMatt Taylor-Gross

Torta sbrisolona—a petite, crumbly pastry from near Mantua, Italy, that's fantastic with coffee—gets a yellow hue from cornmeal and plenty of good-quality butter. It can be made with any nut you have handy, including pine nuts, almonds, or walnuts, but this version adapted from Italian baker Luigi Biasetto (which we tasted by way of Gustiamo Italian specialty store), features hazelnuts from Piemonte, Italy, considered the finest in the world. Italian hazelnuts are often sold pre-blanched, but roasting regular hazelnuts in the method from Step 1 will help you easily rub away their skins. It is meant to be served rustically, broken into pieces with your hands and shared with a crowd.

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