Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baking Cantuccini di Prato

Cantuccini di Prato
1 kg white flour
800 gr sugar
500 gr almonds (slightly roasted in oven)
30 gr baking yeast
The peel of one lemon, grated
A pinch of salt
6 eggs
6 egg yolks
and 1 egg yolk to decorate

Throw together flour and sugar and add the 6 eggs and the 6 yolks. Stir together and add the grated lemon peel, a pinch of salt and the yeast. Add the almonds and work them into the dough to form a uniform mass. All this is best done by hand.

Roll out dough into long sausages and put on paper on baking tray. Pencil with egg yolk.
Introduce into preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes approx.
Take out and cool down for 5 minutes. Then cut into pieces, slightly tilted. Reintroduce in oven for 45 minutes at 110 degrees.

You now have lots of cantuccini, commonly called biscotti in the US. Put into bags and use as Xmas gifts.
Traditionally served with a glass of Vin Santo. If you want to buy one, go into a specialty store and make sure to get a “DOC” quality (not the “liquoroso” kind which is a poor imitation).