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La torta coi bischeri - Pilgrim cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Tuscan
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Giulia


For the pastry

  • 250 g 2 cups - 8,82 oz of all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g 1/2 cup - 3,53 oz of sugar
  • 100 g 7 tablespoons - 3,53 oz of butter, at room temperature
  • A pinch of salt

For the filing

  • 100 g of rice, originario variety or a rice suitable for puddings
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g 1/2 cup - 3,53 oz of sugar
  • 150 g 5,29 oz of dark chocolate
  • 50 g 1/3 cup, packed - 1,76 oz of raisins
  • 50 g (1/3 cup - 1,76 oz of pine nuts
  • 50 g of candied citrus peel
  • 2 spoonfuls of vinsanto
  • Seeds from half a vanilla pod
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  • Begin by preparing the pastry. Work the butter together with the sugar and egg, then add the flour and knead it together to form a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for a few hours.
  • For the filling, boil the rice in plenty of boiling water, with a pinch of salt. 12 minutes should be long enough - read the packaging instructions.
  • Drain it and put it in a bowl with the grated chocolate, sugar, vin santo and a beaten egg. Add the raisins which were previously soaked in water and drained, the candied citrus cut into thin strips and the pine nuts. Finish off with the cinnamon and vanilla seeds.
  • Grease and flour a 20cm (7,87 inches) round cake tin with a removable bottom.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge, roll it out with a rolling pin and a little flour and cover the base of the tin, leaving at least 4 cm (1,5 inches) at the sides.
  • Fill the pastry with the filling and decorate the sides with the famous ‘bischeri’ design, similar to a guitar tuning head, cutting the dough diagonally before folding it in on itself. With the leftover dough decorate the top with the classic pastry strips to create a diamond shape design.
  • Heat the oven to 180°C (350°F - gas mark 4) and bake the pastry for around 30-35 minutes until the pastry crust is golden.
  • Leave it to completely cool before cutting it.
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