Try this simple recipe for making traditional Tuscan cantuccini biscuits which originate from Lucca but are served in restaurants and found in shops all over Tuscany. These are fantastic dipped in sweet dessert wine, such as ‘vin santo’.
Here below is a classic version of the recipe. However, as an alternative to using almonds, you can also try using dark chocolate chips or pistachios.
Ingredients for 30 biscuits:
- 180g castor sugar
- 265g Plain flour
- 1 free range egg
- 30g softened unsalted butter
- 120g unpeeled almonds
- Peel of 1 organic orange
- 0,5g bicarbonate
- Marsala wine (or other sweet wine liqueur)
- pinch of salt
- Yolk of 1egg
- Procedure:In a bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs and a pinch of salt.
In another bowl, mix the flour and the bicarbonate.
Put the contents of the two bowls in together and then add the softened butter, mixing with your hands.
Add and mix in the almonds, the marsala wine and the grated orange peel, and make a large ball of dough with your hands.
Divide the dough into two parts and out of each half, roll out a long sausage shape of around 4 to 5 cms in diameter using your hands.
Brush the egg yolk over the dough and cook at 200 degrees for 20 minutes on oven paper.
Once cooked, remove from the oven to cool for 5 minutes and then slice them into biscuits of about half an inch in width. Lay the biscuits onto oven paper and cook them for a further 18 minutes at 160 degress.
Remove from oven, leave to cool and then enjoy them dipped into a glass of ‘Vin Santo’
Simply delicious !