There are so many traditional recipes in Italy as every region has their own version of a particular recipe or their own special recipe only in that region.. Abruzzo is no exception. I have been asked many times for the recipe to this delicious Olive oil cake.

There are many versions where you can add fresh ricotta or almonds. Sometimes I can even add yoghurt if I have some in the fridge… or lime zest instead of lemon.. Once you know the basic method you can modernise the recipe! Good luck and start baking..

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TARALLO ABRUZZESE – Lemon and Olive Oil Cake

4 eggs

250 gr sugar 

200 gr s.r flour and some extra baking powder 1 tspn

180 gr fresh ricotta

½ cup water (or milk)

½ cup of oil 

Lemon zest of 1 lemon or orange zest


Separate eggs, beat egg whites until stiff – for about 2 mins or so.

Add sugar, continue beating.

Add the 4 egg yolks, continue beating. Up to this point, should be beaten for about 8 mins in total to allow air to get in.

Add the lemon zest and some vanilla essence, add the ricotta and beat until smooth.

Add the sifted S.R flour, baking powder, the water and the oil and fold through. If it is too runny add a spoon of flour at a time. If it is too thick, add a spoon of milk or water at a time. Mixture should be thick ribbons runny when you lift it off the whisk or spoon.

Grease a ring cake tin and flour it.

Cook for 1 hr in 170 deg C oven.

Olive oil cake with Ricotta - Abruzzese style
Olive oil cake with Ricotta


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Italy is known throughout the world for its amazing cuisine. From the traditional pizza and Tiramisu to Ravioli and Risotto, these foods taste best in its country of origin. With such amazing food on offer, it is understandable why in 2018, almost 100 million people graced the streets of this beautiful country, filled with rich culture and history.If your taste buds have been tantalised, then visiting some of Italy’s provinces will ensure that you get to eat the most authentic food available. Abruzzo is one such province, where you can find good food and discover the hidden gems unique to this part of the world. With the help of Touring Abruzzo, you can get Italy vacation packages at affordable prices. Curious as to what food is unique only to Abruzzo Italy, then continue to read:

  • Pecorino

Made from sheep’s milk and aged for about eight months to a year, this cheese is one of a kind and is known for its hard and firm texture. The cheese that is aged for a year and more crumbles when put to the knife and has a salty taste. To get a creamier texture that is perfect for sandwiches, the cheese is not aged for long. Such a cheese is excellent for dishes such as Cacio e Pepe.

  • Maccheroni Alla Chitarra

Also known as Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, this dish is an Abruzzo staple. Prepared with stew named ragu which has lamb, tomato sauce, sweet peppers and veal or meatballs. A pesto made with anchovies, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes among its ingredients is added to the lamb stew to give it a kick. This meal is delicious and is a must on foods to try in Abruzzo Italy

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  • Parrozzo

If you have a sweet tooth, then Abruzzo has sweet delicacies that you will not find anywhere else no matter how hard you look. One of these sugary treats is the Parrozzo, a traditional cake that was made to resemble the rough bread made with corn flour. The Parrozzo has a semi-spherical shape and is covered with a layer of dark chocolate.

When it comes to food, Abruzzo has a uniqueness that is difficult to find. What we have mentioned is just the tip of the Gran Sasso d’Italia.