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Quaresimali (Lenten Almond Biscuits)

Rosina

An Italian biscotti - very crunchy.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 307 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.7g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 44 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Toast almonds in jelly roll pan for 10 minutes. Let cool. Grind finely 1/4 of the almonds, mix with 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar and set aside.
  3. Grind coarsely the remaining 3/4 almonds and set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking powder. Add the butter and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Stir in coarsely ground almonds and the 2 of the eggs, then knead the dough in the bowl until all ingredients are combined. Divide dough in half.
  5. Form each half into a rectangle 15 X 4 inches. Transfer rectangles to baking sheets which have been buttered and floured. Brush rectangles well with 1 egg combined with 2 tablespoons of milk. Sprinkle with reserved almond/sugar mixture. Bake them in the upper third of the oven (375 degrees F - 190 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and skewer comes out clean. Cut rectangles crosswise into slices 3/4 inch thick. Let stand 15 minutes in the turned-off oven. Transfer to racks and let cool thoroughly. Store airtight.
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Reviews

EJA77
22
12/12/2003

This is the best biscotti, everyone likes tham so much that I quit making any of the other biscotti. Iv'e sent this recipe to my friends and family. Thank you Rosina

Pattie
5
3/1/2010

Absolutely great tasting! This was a favorite of my Dad's and eating them with my Mom had us thinking of fun times spent with him. I did have trouble with the dough. It was very crumbly where I could not form the dough into any sort of a form to bake. I had to add 1 more egg and 2 more tablesoons of butter to the recipe. It then was a little bit wet, but just a touch of flour to handle the dough worked fine. I am a bit of a biscotti nut in that I love to bake all different kinds. This BY FAR is the best biscotti recipe I have ever made. Very Authentic in flavor. Thank you so much Rosina for sharing this recipe with us! I will have to always have a batch of these on hand for when unexpected guests arrive!

pradamary
3
12/6/2011

I just made these biscotti and I'm a little disappointed in the way they came out. When I took them out of the oven after 25 minutes they were very hard to cut and the slices are very jagged. I tried to put them back into the oven for the next 15 minute drying time and they are not that easy to hold their shape. Also way too sweet. Sorry.