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Bonet della Nonna

A "Bonet" is a typical sweet from the Piedmont.

Serves 10


6 eggs

7 ounces sugar (1 cup)

7 ounces cocoa (2 cups)

2 cups milk

5 ounces amaretti cookies, crushed

5 ounces sugar for melting


Preheat oven to 350F

Whisk the eggs and sugar together; whisk in the cocoa

Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat.

Temper the eggs with some of the milk mixture, whisking it well. Then add all the milk to the egg mixture, whisk slowly until smooth. Stir in the amaretti.

Melt the remaining sugar in a small saucepan and let it turn caramel color.

Pour carefully into a mold or loaf pan and allow to cool.

Carefully pour the egg mixture over the caramel sugar. Place the mold or loaf pan in a casserole dish and pour hot water carefully along the sides of the pan to create a water bath
Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the mold from the water bath. Cool the bonet, then refrigerate for an hour.

To serve, dip the bottom of the mold in hot water then invert it onto a serving dish.


  1. Samantha Gioiello's avatar

    Samantha Gioiello

    Hi, Mary Ann...
    Last week I watched you make a Wonderful Holiday Cake. It was a "Roll" with filling. I have lost the recipe and can't remember the name of the cake. Can you send the recipe to me? My family LOVE Italian Desserts!

    "Sami" Gioiello
  2. Nikki Gustman's avatar

    Nikki Gustman

    I am looking for a recipe for Bonet. I found yours for Bonet della Nonna but it has cocoa in it as does many of the other recipes I have found so far. The one we used to have at holidays was made by my stepmothers aunt who has since passed and unfortunately never wrote down her recipes. It was a bonet that was creamy white and had no chocolate in it although some times she did make it with coffee flavor. I prefer the plain one. (probably flavored only with the amaretti cookies).
    Can you help?
    Nikki in California
  3. Mary Ann Esposito's avatar

    Mary Ann Esposito

    Hello Nikki,

    Better late than never I guess! Bonet is always made with cocoa. Maybe you are thinking of panna cotta?

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