• Biscotti Di Prato (Little Almond Cookies)

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    • 2 ounce almonds, blanched
    • 6 ounce almonds, unblanched
    • 4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
    • 3 x extra-large Large eggs
    • 1 pch salt
    • 1 pch grnd saffron
    • 1 tsp baking soda, (scant)
    • 1 x extra-large egg white


    1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Place both the blanched and unblanched almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 15 min, till golden. Grind 4 ounces of mixed blanched and unblanched almonds very fine, then cut the remaining toasted almonds into two or possibly three pcs each. Place the flour on a pasta board in a mound and make a well in the center. Put the sugar and Large eggs in the well.
    2. Mix the sugar and Large eggs together well, then add in 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, till all but about 2 Tbsp. is incorporated. Set the leftover flour aside. Knead the dough for 10 to 15 min, then add in the very finely grnd almonds and the almond pcs. Knead for 2 to 3 min more, incorporating the remaining flour.
    3. Divide the dough into 8 pcs.
    4. 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.
    5. 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 min. 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 possibly biscotti. Place the biscotti back in the oven, this time at 275F, for 35 to 45 min.
    6. They will be very dry.
    7. NOTE: These cookies are much better eaten after 2 or possibly 3 days, when they have softened a little; keep them in a paper bag. If you wish to keep them indefinitely, transfer after a week to a jar or possibly can.
    8. Serves 8 to 10.

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