Torta di pane, a Swiss Bread Cake

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some treats you have to long for. – this cake is such a thing.  sandro steingruber, the talented chef from restaurant EPOCA at waldhaus flims mountain restort & spa, came up with this amazing recipe for a torta di pane (bread-cake). he doesnt only find the aroma of this blend of chocolate and almonds irresistible, but also likes the fact, that you can make something so divine from yestedays bread. also: you have to wait two full days, before you can savor this wonderful cake. two days longing for a cake seems like a torture. not with this one – you’ll be giddy happy to cut the first slice!

Torta di pane

this is another recipe from our book schweizer spitzenköche für afrika – come and bake with us, for a good cause.

Torta di pane

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, cakes, Dessert
Cuisine Switzerland


  • 500 ml milk
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 vanilla pod seeds scraped out
  • 300 g white bread from yesterday
  • 100 g dark choclate roughly chopped
  • 100 g candied fruit chopped
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 150 g almonds ground
  • some drops of almond extract
  • 4 eggs about 220g
  • 120 g sugar
  • 2 g cinnamon about 1 teaspoon
  • 10 g breadcrumbs
  • 100 g pine nuts
  • 20 g butter soft in flakes


  • heat the oven to 180 °C.
  • first combine milk, 50g butter and vanillaseeds and bring to a boil. cut the bread in cubes, then cover with the hot milk. let sit for about 30 minutes. then pure roughly.
  • mix with chocolate, candied fruit, sultanas, almonds & some almond extract. mix very well.
  • whip eggs, sugar and cinnamon until light and foamy. then carefully combine with the bread mixture.
  • butter a springform pan (about 26cm round), then dust with the breadcrumbs. fill in the mixture, sprinkle with the pine nuts and butterflakes. bake in the oven for 70 to 80 minutes.
  • then have patience and let cake stand for at least 2 days before serving.
  • dust with some icing sugar before serving. enjoy!
Keyword bread, chocolate, fruit, milk, Swiss

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