Acorn Caco Cake, by Portugese chef Fábio Bernardino, uses sutainably harvested acorns from the Portuguese Montados. Acorns are extremely versatile and can be used as bread flour, in biscuits and cakes, infusions, spreads, sausages and even hamburgers.

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By Fábio Bernardino
Chef and #MedFoodHero Ambassador from Portugal.

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Acorn Caco Cake

This recipe is a re-interpretation of flavors in which we compliment sweet potato – a traditional ingredient in Madeiran cake such as this – with the acorn. This combination contrasts both the flavors and colours of the cake, and also enhances the ingredients’ nutritional wealth. 

Prep: 2 hours and 15 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Serves: 2

  • 300 grams of wheat flour
  • 100 grams of acorn flour
  • 400 grams of sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 50 grams of bait or 8 grams of baker’s yeast
  1. Cook the sweet potato and let it cool.
  2. Once cooled, add the wheat flour and acorn flour to the sweet potato and mix well with the egg and the bait / yeast.
  3. Let it rise.
  4. Mold it into small flat balls and mark them in a frying pan.
  5. Finish baking them in the oven.

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