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!
* 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!