Tortino Alle Erbe

Savoury Spinach Cake

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Recipes from an Italian Farmhouse

By Valentina Harris

Published 1995

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In Emilia Romagna they are very keen on savoury cakes, such as this one which is a flattish cake-shaped ‘pie’, cut into slices and serve from the tin.


  • 1.2 kg ( lb) spinach or tender Swiss chard, washed and stalks trimmed off
  • salt


Cut the spinach or chard into strips. Sprinkle it liberally with salt in a wide bowl, turning it over with your hands so that it all gets covered with salt.

Leave it to rest for 1 hour, then squeeze out all the water with your hands, dry it carefully and put it back into the dried bowl. Add the oil, basil and cheese and mix it all together. Set aside.

Put the flour, lard and abo