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Biscotti Di Prato (Little Almond Cookies)

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Category: Desserts, Cookies, Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 oz Almonds, blanched
  • 6 oz Almonds, unblanched
  • 4 c Unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 c Granulated sugar
  • 3 Extra-large eggs
  • 1 pn Salt
  • 1 pn Ground saffron
  • 1 ts (scant) baking soda
  • 1 Extra-large egg white

 Directions

Preheat the oven to 375F. Place both the blanched and unblanched almonds
on a cookie sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until
golden brown. Grind 4 ounces of mixed blanched and unblanched almonds very
fine, then cut the remaining toasted almonds into two or three pieces each.
Place the flour on a pasta board in a mound and make a well in the center.
Put the sugar and eggs in the well. Mix the sugar and eggs together well,
then add the salt, saffron, and baking soda. Mix thoroughly and when all
the ingredients in the well are well integrated, incorporate the flour
little by little, until all but about 2 tablespoons is incorporated. Set
the leftover flour aside. Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes, then add
the very finely ground almonds and the almond pieces. Knead for 2 to 3
minutes more, incorporating the remaining flour. Divide the dough into 8
pieces. With your hands, shape each piece into a long, thin roll about 3/4
inch in diameter, then place, widely apart on a buttered and floured cookie
sheet. Beat the egg white slightly in a small bowl and lightly coat the
tops of the 8 rolls with it, using a pastry brush, then put the baking
sheet into the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the rolls from
the oven (they will expand in size sideways) and cut them with a long
slicing knife at a 45-degree angle every 3/4 inch to get the shape required
for this type of little cookie, or biscotti. Place the biscotti back in the
oven, this time at 275F, for 35 to 45 minutes. They will be very dry. NOTE:
These cookies are much better eaten after 2 or 3 days, when they have
softened a little; keep them in a paper bag. If you wish to keep them
indefinitely, transfer after a week to a jar or can. Serves 8 to 10.


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