Castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake)

It seems that castagnaccio came from Siena (Tuscany Region) and its ingredients were originally only chestnut, flour and water. In the course of time people also added rosemary (if available) and, during the time of pressing of olives, they also spiced castagnaccio with oil that they called new oil or "olio novo".

Castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake)
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Italian Castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake) recipe

In Italy we call it "castagnaccio" and it is a cake made with chestnut flour. Nowadays we find castagnaccio in many autumn festivals and we consider it as a cake, but in the past castagnaccio was a poor dish of the Apennines area where chestnuts were a staple food of rural populations.