Italian Bensone Cake Thermomix

Italian Bensone Cake Thermomix

The Italian Bensone Cake is a traditional sweet bread from Modena.

It is very easy to prepare and it is of rural origin. Its recipe has always been the same for centuries. It may be formed to a "S" shape (especially in the area of Reggio) or as a long-shaped loaf in our recipe's case. This recipe and its picture have been sent by Stefania :-) She told me she took inspiration from a recipe prepared by Maurizio Santin on Gambero Rosso Channel and then she adapted it for Thermomix thanks to the suggestions of her father who is her official taster ;-)

Compared to the original version, Stefania added 2 milk tablespoons and 2 sugar tablespoons. In this way the dough is a little bit softer but when cooked it won't get hard and it can be preserved for days. And sugar makes it more tasteful.

The Bensone Cake (also called Balsone or Bensoun in the local dialect) is like a sponge cake with a crunchy surface, and it is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat, dipped in milk or tea. But the real "connaisseurs" in Modena usually eat it at the end of a meal dipped 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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