Unexpected Italian Cooking Tool:Versilia Oven.

Versilia Oven

The ciambellone fornetto Versilia is a high and soft cake that cooks without oven but directly on the stove in the pot “Fornetto Versilia”. This pot/stove was very common in Italy.Nowadays it can be convenient not to have many electrical suppliers working together and ,in case of blackout, we can anyway make our cake !!!

 To learn  how to cook a cake with the Versilia oven  we are suggesting a chocolate  cake.

The Versilia oven, unlike the traditional oven, should not be preheated.

350 gr flour 00/all purpose/plain flour   

200 gr. Sugar  

 200 ml milk

 150ml seed oil(sun flower, grape,etc)

 2 tbsps cocoa powder   

 3 eggs   

 8 gr. baking powder

In a bowl put all the ingredients and beat well for a few minutes.

 Grease (or oil) the inner walls of the oven and then sprinkle with flour,removing the excess so that the cake does not remain attached to the oven after cooking 

 Pour the cake mixture into the Versilia oven 

 Close the oven with the lid 

 Place the Versilia oven on the flame spreader  

Cook over medium-high heat for the first 5 minutes, then lower to a minimum

 The only recommendation is not to uncover the oven to check the baking of the cake before 3/4 of the cooking time has passed 

Do not expose the pan to drafts when cooking a cake 

 When the donut Versilia is cooked – ca. 40 minutes- let it cool completely in the oven without the lid before turning it upside down on a serving dish.

 If necessary, use a silicone spatula to remove the cake from the oven.

In the oven you can cook all kinds of sweet or savory food with and without leavening (you also make bread!), Meats, vegetables, etc. The average cooking duration is similar to the oven.

2 thoughts on “Unexpected Italian Cooking Tool:Versilia Oven.

  1. Have just acquired one of these and would love some more recipes and understand they come in different sizes, so knowing quantities for different sized tins would be good. I cant believe this quantity will make enough cake to.fill a 28cm pan? Thanks, Gina


  2. Ciao Gina, thanks for reading our blog.Glad to hear you’re using a Fornetto Versilia. Which size did you purchase?The recipe in the blog is for a 20 cm/22 cm.Next days I’ll provide more recipes.


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