It is the rich, eggy and sticky quality of this cake that makes it the traditional Tuscan children’s cake - despite containing a little brandy. Delicious and incredibly filling, it is like a home-made version of those little oval rice cakes you can buy at all Tuscan cafés and pâtisseries, called simply budino, which literally translates as ‘pudding’. All Tuscans know that budino contains rice, but the name is always guaranteed to confuse anybody who does not come from the region. This is the classic version of the recipe, but you can vary the cake by adding nuts or candied fruits, if you like.
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