Wednesday, May 15, 2013



My love affair with Italian cuisine is still going strong. After trying my hand on focaccia and getting my first experiences with homemade pasta, I picked something sweet this time. Cantuccini (also known as biscotti) are quite an old Tuscan recipe that makes for a perfect afternoon treat (no, scratch that, they make for a perfect sweet treat at any time). They say that they're wonderful in winter, since they're supposed to be dunked in a sweet mulled wine. But I'm not usually one to practice patience when it comes to desserts: when the inspiration strikes, I have to follow it immediately. I mean, what's the point of waiting? You only live once, so you may as well have the dessert first!


You'll need:

* 2 eggs
* 250g caster sugar
* 125g almonds
* 250g hazelnuts
* 250g smooth flour
* 2tbsp baking powder
* grated lemon peel

1) Beat together eggs and sugar, until you get a foamy, smooth mixture.
2. Dump in the almonds, hazelnuts and baking powder and mix gently with wooden spoon. 
3. Little by little, sift in the flour and blend together with wooden spoon or your own hands.
4. Divide the batter in two and form two flat rolls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let rest while you preheat the oven to 180°C.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, but watch carefully. The rolls should be golden brown (and they could burn easily).
6. Let them cool down only a little bit (5 minutes at most, otherwise they would fall apart when you cut them), then cut them into even slices (1-2cm wide). Place on cooling rack and now let cool down completely.  
7. Normally, you should let them rest for a few days, but I certainly don't dispose with that kind of patience. So just do as I did: dunk them into a cup of café au lait, or a mug of tea (haven't tried the wine version yet, but I certainly will!) and enjoy!

Bon appétit!

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  1. Love Cantuccinis, but I have never dated to try make them myself!

  2. Heck, it's cold enough outside to enjoy a winter dessert right now and possibly mulled wine with it ;-) This looks so good, maybe even with a little butter and honey? Yum! Thanks for sharing this :-) xo

  3. Love these biscuits. Great recipe.


  4. this looks and sounds delicious!! thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  5. That looks better than any biscotti I've ever had Ivana! HaHaHa You are a great cook and baker! You always amaze me with your creations. Looks good and I know it was tasty!

  6. Beautiful! My parents make biscotti every year at Christmas as gifts for their coworkers :). This recipe looks yummy! What kind of a knife do you use to cut them!

  7. Ivana, congrats! I'm Italian and I can definitely tell you that you did an amazing job with them! Love Cantuccini, yours must be too good! Kisses! xo

  8. Hi Ivana, we could definitely swap closets because I love everything you wear in your outfit posts. This looks sooo good, I've never had anything like it before, but it certainly looks like my type of coffee afternoon snack.

  9. This looks soooo tasty, thank you for the recipe! It definitely looks like the perfect snack to have with a hot cup of coffee, yummy!

  10. ARe you serious!!?? This looks delicious!! I need to try this. And also thanks so so much for that sweet comment. You are so kind and it really made my day.

  11. OMG!!! These look gorgeous. I've never tried to make these. So recipe noted and shopping list ready ;-)
    Hope you are well Sweets xx

  12. I've never heard it called Cantuccini (though maybe that's just America...) but I do love biscotti! It's delicious. I'd try this, but I don't think I'm quite a good enough cook yet...


  13. this is the first time ive heard of it too, I cant wait to try your recipe

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  14. Yes let's hear it for having dessert first :) I'm not much of a baker and the only things I used to bake were scones and biscotti so I will have to try to make these. The Cantinucci look totally scrumptious! Thanks so much for introducing them to us and sharing your recipe Ivana! I'm always so impressed by all the tasty goodies that come out of your kitchen!

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