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Cantucci
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Cantucci or Biscotti di Prato
grade
Difficulty
Medium
schedule
Cook
35-40 minutes

The almond biscuits from Prato are called either biscotti or cantucci. Bis-cotto, literally in Italian cooked again, reveals how it is actually made: it is baked twice.
They are a favourite sweet treat to end a meal, either on their own or dunked in a little glass of vinsanto.

  • 3 eggs
  • 220 g of sugar
  • 280 g of all-purpose flour
  • 5 g of baking powders
  • Zest of one orange
  • A pinch of salt
  • 200 g of unskinned almonds
Method

Heat the oven to maximum, or to 250°C. Put two eggs and one yolk into a bowl. Keep the extra egg white to the side, you will need this later on. 

Whisk, using a stand mixer or an electric whisk, the eggs with the sugar until you have a light and fluffy mixture. Then add the sieved flour with baking powder and salt before adding the grated orange rind. Lastly, add the almonds and combine thoroughly.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and, with the help of a spatula, create two loaves with the dough, measuring about 30cm in length and not more than 5cm wide.

Beat the egg white with a fork until foamy, then brush it over the loaves. Turn the oven down to 180°C and bake the biscuits.

Bake the loaves for around 20-25 minutes, until they are golden outside, but still moist inside.

Leave the loaves to cool down for around 5 minutes, then slice them on a chopping board, with a sharp knife. The biscuits should be about 2cm thick.

Place the biscuits on the baking tray cut side down and bake for another 15-18 minutes, until they are golden.

Let cool completely on a rack, then keep them in a biscuit jar or a tin. They should keep for weeks.

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