Bonet Recipe: Piedmont Chocolate Dessert


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Today I propose the Bonet Recipe, it is a Piedmontese dessert made with chocolate and amaretti. The version I propose is the one that comes from the Langhe area, defined as more modern. There are others, such as the older one, from Monferrato (another area of Piedmont), called Monferrina, without chocolate, with only eggs, dried Amaretti and milk.

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The History Of Bonet Dessert

Bonet Recipe is a chocolate dessert that is born in Piedmont, which has roots already in the medieval period (XIII century). The version served at the time was less rich in ingredients, similar to Monferrina. Chocolate was not used, for example, which had not yet been discovered. The origin of the name, presents several stories, which vary according to the area of origin, but which all turn around to a hat, the Bonèt.
In the Langhe, for example, it’s said that given that the hat is the last garment that is worn, the dessert takes its name from it, since it’s the last course that is served.

Another story always linked to this hat, says that the name comes from the copper mold (bonèt ëd cusin-a) used to cook this type of dessert, which recalls the shape of the headdress. By now the Chocolate Bonet Recipe is widespread throughout the Piedmont area. Depending on the areas, some ingredients are added such as round hazelnuts, coffee, rum, brandy or cognac or Amaretto di Saronno (Lombard liqueur) to accentuate the taste of biscuits.

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The Perfect And Easy Chocolate Dessert

The Bonet recipe, is a delicious Chocolate Dessert, rich and enveloping, perfect for chocolate lovers. Nowadays, it’s usually cooked in a bain marie in the oven, like puddings, in a rectangular mold as long as that of pana cotta, or in single-portion molds. The Amaretto liqueur can be replaced by dark rum or brandy. Bonet, is a perfect dessert for the Christmas period, delicious but easy to prepare. The alcohol evaporates during cooking, giving at the Bonet Langarolo only its aroma. Consequently it’s also suitable for children. Nothing prevents you from omitting it, if you don’t like it.

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Bonet Recipe: Piedmont Chocolate Dessert

Ricco e avvolgente, il Bonet al Cioccolato è un dolce perfetto per regalarsi una coccola.
Servings 10 portions
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • 500 ml Fresh Cream
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 100 g Yolks
  • 300 g Eggs
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 150 g Amaretti Biscuits
  • 80 g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • 40 ml Amaretto Liqueur


  • Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie. Crumble the amaretti.
    150 g Amaretti Biscuits, 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • Heat the milk and cream over medium heat.
    500 ml Fresh Cream, 500 ml Milk
  • In a bowl, work the eggs with the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the ingredients one at a time in the order in which they are listed, except the liqueur.
    100 g Yolks, 300 g Eggs, 200 g Caster Sugar, 150 g Amaretti Biscuits, 80 g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • Heat the oven to 160 °C with a pyrola with water, for cooking in a water bath.
  • Once the ingredients are well mixed, add the milk and cream and finally the liqueur. Now pour the mixture into the molds or single mold.
    500 ml Fresh Cream, 500 ml Milk, 40 ml Amaretto Liqueur
  • Cover the mold with foil and bake it and cook for 25 minutes in the case of single portions, 40 – 45 minutes in the case of a large mold.
Chef: Taira by R.J.
Calories: 359kcal
Course: Sweets and Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baked Sweet, Spoon Dessert
Difficulty: Easy
Temperature: 160 °C/320 °F


Serving: 147g | Calories: 359kcal (18%) | Carbohydrates: 30g (10%) | Protein: 10g (20%) | Fat: 23.5g (36%) | Sugar: 10g (11%)

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a professional nutritionist.

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