Nov 20, 2011

Cantuccini Toscani

Of course I've eaten Cantuccini before my trip to Italy last summer but these crunchy biscuits usually only accompanied my coffee. In Tuscany I found out that traditionally they were served with a glass of Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine. The cantuccini may be dunked into the wine to make them less dry.

I was lucky enough to take home some almonds from Tuscany and decided to make something typical with them. Below is the recipe I followed to bake the cantuccini:


175 g almonds, whole
250 g flour
180 g sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 packets vanilla sugar
½ little bottle of bitter almond oil
1 pinch of salt
25 g butter, room temperature
2 eggs

How to:

Roast the dry whole almonds in a pan. For the batter combine flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, bitter almond oil and salt stir well in a bowl. Add the eggs and butter until the ingredients stay together in a ball of dough and mix in the roasted, cooled almonds. The dough is going to be very sticky. With the help of a little bit of flour form the dough into a ball and put it into a cold place for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 to 6 pieces (depending on the width you wish) and form a log, elongating them to a length of 25 cm. Press down gently with the palm of your hand to flatten the logs.

Preheat your oven to 200°C. Put parchment paper onto the baking tray. Put the logs onto the parchment paper, making sure there is enough space between them (about 8 cm, they spread and rise).

Bake the rolls for about 15 minutes until they are lightly toasted. Transfer the rolls onto a wire rack to cool slightly and then cut diagonally in 1cm thick slices. Arrange the cantuccini on the prepared tray, cut side down. It isn't necessary to leave space between them anymore. Bake them for an additional 10 minutes until the cantuccini are golden brown. Let the biscuits cool completely and keep in a container with a tight-fitting cover.

Buon appetito!


Gugu said...

I love them!!
ciao from italy!

leyla said...

mmhh... i <3 cantuccini!

Cinja said...

hmm was für eine schöne vorstellung, cantuccini und wein :)

A Cup of Nostalgia said...

I like, I like, I really like! Haha =)

Anonymous said...

Cantuccini..... oh, I`ve never thought about doing them myself! Looks tasty! said...

Looks tempting! Unfortunately I am a hopeless case in the kitchen...

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