Italian Bensone Cake Thermomix

Italian Bensone Cake Thermomix

The Modenese bensone is a typical dessert, as the name implies, of the city of Modena. Very simple to make, it is a dessert of peasant origins whose recipe has remained unchanged for centuries. The shape can be "S" (typical of the Reggio area) or an elongated loaf as in the case of this recipe of the Bensone Modenese Thermomix. The dough does not harden and can be kept for several days. The extra sugar also makes it enjoyable. Bensone (also called Balsone or, in dialect, Bensoun) is a kind of donut with a crunchy crust, ideal for breakfast or a snack, soaked in milk or tea. But "the true connoisseurs" in Modena eat it after a meal soaked in Lambrusco wine :-)

Using Thermomix the preparation of this cake is really simple and you can use your own imagination to fill in with plum jam or chocolate. The choice is yours.

To stick to the point I would suggest you try the classic Ciambellone Cake or the Double Colour Cake. Let me know the one you like the most :-)


- 400 g Plain Flour
- 100 g sugar
- 1 untreated lemon zest
- 120 g soft butter
- 2 eggs
- 50 g whole milk
- 16 g baking powder
- 1 egg-yolk (to spread on the surface)
- sugar grains as much as needed

Put 100 g sugar and lemon zest in the mixing bowl and chop mix 10 Sec. Speed 10.

Add 120 g soft butter and mix 1 Min. Speed 5.

Pour 50 g whole milk and mix 30 Sec. Speed 5.

Add 2 eggs and mix 1 Min. Speed 5.

Finally, add 400 g plain flour and 16 g backing power and mix 1 Min. Dough Mode.

At this point, the dough should look like a slightly soft shortcrust pastry. Place it on a baking pan with parchment paper and give it the shape of a loaf.

Brush the surface with egg yolk and cover it with sugar grains.

Make a cut along its entire length and bake it for 30 Min. At 180C

Translated from the Italian recipe
Bensone Modenese: Ricetta Bimby
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