Biscotti Di Prato (Little Almond Cookies)


  • 2 oz Almonds, blanched
  • 6 oz Almonds, unblanched
  • 4 c Unbleached all-purpose -flour
  • 1 3/4 c Granulated sugar
  • 3 Extra-large eggs
  • pinch salt
  • pinch ground saffron
  • 1 ts (scant) baking soda
  • 1 Extra-large egg white
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Place both the blanched and unblanched  almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 15  minutes, until golden brown.
  3. Grind 4 ounces of mixed blanched and unblanched almonds very fine,  then cut the remaining toasted almonds into two or three pieces  each.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Place the biscotti back in the oven, this time at  275F, for 35 to 45 minutes.  They will be very dry.


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