Tuscan Chestnut Flour Pancakes
These classic stuffed chestnut flour pancakes are a popular Tuscan dessert typically filled with a combination of fresh sheep’s milk ricotta cheese and honey.
Necci is often prepared on a special set of long-handled, flat iron paddles called testi. Both paddles are heated and the batter is then poured onto the bottom plate, while the other is placed on top. The two hot plates cook the batter evenly on both sides and make it easier to flip the tender pancake inside without tearing it.
this recipe can also be made without any special equipment. All you need is a
large non-stick skillet and a spatula with a thin, clean edge to gently lift
the fragile pancake prior to flipping it.
Tip: The addition of a little olive oil to the necci batter helps hold it together better, as well.
time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 6 necci
1¼ c. chestnut flour sifted
1 c. water
¼ t. salt
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
2/3 c. fresh Ricotta cheese
1 t. ground cinnamon (optional)
1. Prepare the batter by combining the sifted chestnut flour, water, salt,
and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl. Stir batter with a fork until
smooth with no lumps remaining. Cover batter and set aside for at least one
2. In a small bowl, combine the Ricotta, honey, and ground cinnamon, if
using. Cover and set aside until ready to use. (Refrigerate if the wait time is
more than 2 hours).
3. To prepare the necci, heat a scant tablespoon of olive oil in a large
non-stick skillet over medium heat. Swirl the pan to evenly coat the bottom
with the olive oil.
4. Ladle 1/6 of the batter into the preheated skillet and immediately
spread into a thin, round layer with the bottom of the ladle. Cook until the
edges start to firm up and the bottom is evenly browned, approximately 2
minutes. Gently use a spatula with a thin edge to loosen all the way around the
pancake before flipping. Cook the remaining side until evenly browned before
removing from heat.
5. Transfer the cooked necci to a plate and repeat the process five more
times with the remaining batter, adding a bit more olive oil to the skillet between
each batch. Add a layer of parchment paper or plastic wrap between each warm
necci to prevent sticking.
6. To serve, place one of the prepared necci on a clean, dry work surface
and spoon 1/6 of the honey Ricotta mixture down the center. Wrap the edges of
the necci around the filling to secure. If needed, add a little dab of honey
and ricotta to the edge of the necci to hold the wrapped edges in place.
7. Repeat this process with the remaining necci and serve immediately. Enjoy!