This recipe is courtesy of Tuscan chef Guilia Scarpaleggia. Guilia has been an instructor at my style + photo workshop in Italy for two years. Here’s one of her recipes for Almond Biscotti, a perfect dessert or mid-afternoon snack. It’s one of my favorite simple recipes. This cookie can be dipped into Vin Santo; it’s perfect with espresso or as pictured with a cappuccino. I like to make them and store them in an air tight container. They are also the perfect hostess gift. Let me know how you like them.
You will need:
– 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
– 230 g sugar
– 20 g orange honey
– 250 g flour
– ½ teaspoon baking ammonia
– Grated peel of 1 orange
– 125 g unpeeled almonds
– 1 bottle of vinsanto
Preheat oven to 180°C, fan assisted.
Whip the egg whites for about 5 minutes until they are firm, then add the sugar and whip until you get a glossy and thick meringue.
Fold in thoroughly the honey and the egg yolks, then fold gently in the flour sifted with the baking ammonia and the grated orange peel. Mix in the almonds.
Line with parchment paper a large baking pan and with the help of a spoon form two loaves of dough keeping them well separated, about 5 cm wide and 30 cm long.
Bake them for about 15 minutes, then remove them from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then cut them slantwise into 2 cm thick slices with a sharp knife, then arrange them cut-side-down in the baking tin and put them back in the oven for about 5 – 10 minutes, until toasted.
You can store them in a tin for several days.
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