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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)

1 ounce fernet, bitters or orange liqueur  (2 tablespoons) ( I prefer the orange liqueur. I used La Belle Orange,  a Cognac & Orange Liqueur.)

2 cups milk

Zest one large orange

5 ounces amaretti cookies, crushed

5 ounces sugar for melting


Preheat oven to 350F 

Whisk the eggs and sugar together; sprinkle on the cocoa and fernet

Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and stir in lemon (orange)zest. Temper the eggs with some of the milk mixture, whisking it well. Then add all the milk to the egg mixture slowly, whisk smooth. Stir in the macaroons.  (Assume this should say amaretti.)

Melt the remaining sugar in a small saucepan and let it turn caramel color. Pour carefully into a  mold sitting in a bagno maria. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the caramel sugar. 

Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the mold from the bagno maria. 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

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