Ricette di Spannocchia

Spannocchia Food

Featured recipe: Dolce con le Prugne | Plum Cake (July 2021)


500 g (4 c) flour

3 eggs

200 g (1 c) sugar

200 g (7 oz) butter, room temperature

1 tsp baking powder

Zest of 1 large lemon

300 g (approx. 1 c) plum jam (note: if you can’t find plum jam in your local store, there are many simple recipes online, or you can substitute for another tart fruit jam you enjoy)

500 g (approx. 1 lb) fresh plums, pitted


Mix the flour, eggs, sugar, butter, baking powder and lemon zest until you have a soft, homogeneous, and smooth dough. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

When you remove the dough from the fridge, pre-heat the oven to 325°F/170°C.

Then, roll out the dough, leaving some aside to make decorative strips for the top.

Put the dough in a previously-greased baking pan and cut the edges well. Spread jam over the dough, then lay the fresh plums over the jam. Top with the remaining strips of dough however you’d like (lattice or similar).

Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

*Note: Our photos show a double batch!

3 photos: basket of fresh plums, well of flour with butter and eggs on marble counter, and finished dessert.

RECIPE BOOK: Archived recipes

June 2021: Rotolo di Verdure | Vegetable Roll

Mix cheese, garlic, and pine nuts with whatever fresh greens you have on hand, then roll it into a delicious ricotta-based dough and bake for a fairly simple but impressive appetizer or side dish.

May 2021: Pesto di Fave | Fava Bean Pesto

Savor this favorite spring crop in a fresh, delicious pesto. Pair it with a crisp glass of Italian white wine and it might almost be like you’re sitting under the pergola outside the villa dining room.

April 2021: salame dolce

Check out this favorite Spannocchia dessert made with chocolate and biscuit cookies, then rolled and sliced to look like “sweet salami.”