Christmas Biscuits

Christmas Biscuits

These Christmassy biscuits will fill your kitchen with a festive and welcoming smell. The word “biscuit” in Italian means baked twice, so the only advise I’ll give you is to serve them to a host with good teeth!

Ideal dipped in milk during breakfast, delicious served after a winter dinner with a good glass of Passito wine, these typical Italian biscuits will please kids and grown-up and can be a much appreciated Christmas gift for your colleagues!

SERVES: 20 biscuits

Kitchen to table:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 250gr plain flour
  • 150gr sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 50gr of almonds with their skin
  • 50gr dark chocolate
  • 50gr pistachios roughly chopped
  • 50gr sultanas
  • 50gr of candied orange peel
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of one un-waxed lemon

COOKING UTENSILS

  • 2 baking trays
  • a good sharp knife

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° (fan mode)
  2. Whisk 2 whole eggs and a 1 egg white (you’ll need 1 yolk to brush them before baking) with the sugar until you’ll obtain an homogeneous cream
  3. Add the whole almonds, the pistachios, the sultanas, the candied orange peel, the zest of lemon and the chocolate roughly chopped and mix well using a fork
  4. Add the bicarbonate, the salt and the baking powder and continue mixing until you’ll obtain a uniform dough
  5. Roll the dough in 2 salami shapes of the diameter of roughly 3-5cm, and brush them with the egg yolk
  6. Put the two salami shapes on two cooking trays covered with kitchen paper and place in the oven at 180° for 15-20mins, then take out of the oven and reduce heat to 140°
  7. While the oven reaches the new set temperature, let your salami shapes rest and cold for 20mins or until hard enough to be cut in 1cm thick slices
  8. Place the obtained biscuits on your trays again and put in the oven at 140° for 12mins
  9. After this time roll each biscuit on the other side and cook again for another 12mins
  10. After that, place your biscuits on a griddle and let them cool before enjoying them!

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