Quaresimali (Lenten Almond Biscuits)

4.5
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An Italian biscotti - very crunchy.

2
2
Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almonds

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons milk

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
15g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 8g
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 219mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.