Torta al Testo Cooking Class

The Torta al testo is a traditional dish from Umbria, particularly popular in the Perugia area. It is a type of flat bread baked on a cast iron plate called “testo“, from which it takes its name. This flat bread is a fundamental element of Umbrian cuisine and is often eaten as an appetizer, accompanied by cured meats, cheeses and other condiments, such as bread with meats and vegetables or as a dessert with Nutella cream. The torta al testo has deep roots in Umbrian culture and culinary tradition. It is an ancient dish that dates back to ancient times and has been passed down from generation to generation, becoming an integral part of the region’s gastronomic culture.

The village festivals are occasions in which local traditions are celebrated and the typical products of the area are enhanced. The torta al testo therefore represents a true symbol of authenticity and Umbrian culinary identity, and is often one of the main dishes served during these events.

The torta al testo is a shareable dish, thus it can be enjoyed in company and in a festive atmosphere. During village festivals, people gather to eat, drink and socialize, and the torta al testo is perfect to be shared among friends and family, helping to create an atmosphere of conviviality and joy; for all these reasons, it has become an inevitable dish of village festivals in Umbria, a symbol of tradition, simplicity, versatility, authenticity and conviviality.

The preparation of torta al testo is relatively simple and requires a few basic ingredients, such as flour, water, yeast, salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Thedough is kneaded until it has an elastic consistency, then it is rolled out with the hands on the hot cast iron plate (the testo), cooked on both sides until it takes on a beautiful golden color and a crispy texture on the outside, while remaining soft and fluffy on the inside. This method of baking gives the torta al testo a unique flavor and rustic texture that make it irresistible to bread lovers. It is a versatile dish appreciated for its simplicity and tastiness, which represents one of the symbols of the Umbrian culinary tradition.

Our cooking class, dedicated to the preparation of the “Torta al Testo“, is an experience suitable for people of all ages, including children who love to get their hands in the dough and discover new flavors. During this cooking class, children will have the opportunity to explore the world of Umbrian gastronomy, learning the secrets of one of the region’s most beloved and iconic dishes. With the expert guidance of our chefs, the young budding cooks will be tasked with kneading with their hands, feeling the consistency of the flour between their fingers and carefully shaping their culinary creation.

Not only will this activity actively involve them in the process of making torta al testo, but it will also help them develop fine motor skills and coordination, while having fun manipulating the ingredients with their own hands. But the real magic of this experience lies in the moment when the children will see their creation come to life on the hot cast iron plate, being transformed into a delicious golden and fragrant Umbrian bread. Their faces will light up with joy and satisfaction as they see the fruit of their labor, ready to be tasted and proudly shared with family and friends.

This cooking class is not only a moment of hands-on learning, but also an opportunity for children to discover the pleasure of cooking with natural and quality ingredients, to explore new flavors and to create lasting memories that they will carry with them forever.

It is an experience that nourishes not only the body, but also the soul, leaving an imprint of joy and happiness that will continue to shine in their hearts for a long time.

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