Desserts

Tuscan Christmas biscuits: Ricciarelli recipe

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Difficulty
Medium
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Preparation
12 hours 30 min
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Cook
10 minutes
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Serves
25 biscuits

Indulge yourself in a sweet Christmas and delight your friends with some Tuscan biscuits. Ricciarelli come from Siena and are perfect as a dessert served with a sweet wine such as Vin Santo.

According to chronicles, the origin of Ricciarelli dates back to the fifteenth century: biscuits of almond paste were once very popular around Italy and reserved for the sumptuous banquet of the Lords. They were so valuable and refined that were sold in the apothecaries shops of Siena, the old pharmacies.  Known initially as marzapanetti they evolved into Ricciarelli from Siena: diamond shaped biscuits, made with almond flour and covered with vanilla icing sugar.

Find out here Serena's recipes (Pici e Castagne) and have a tasty Merry Christmas. Grazie Serena!

Ricciarelli [Photo credits: Pici e Castagne]
Ricciarelli [Photo credits: Pici e Castagne]
Ingredients
  1. Almonds 400g
  2. Sugar 350 gr 
  3. 1 tablespoon of flour
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. Almond flavor 1 vial
  6. 2 tablespoons candied orange
  7. Baking vanilla 1/2
  8. Icing sugar
  9. Hosts
Method
  1. Blanch the almonds quickly and remove the skin
  2. Dry the almonds for a few minutes inside the oven, but don't brown them
  3. Chop the almonds with 250g of sugar to obtain a fine flour without lumps
  4. Sift the flour with the baking powder
  5. Finely chop the peel ' orange
  6. Make a syrup with the remaining sugar and 3-4 tablespoons of ' water
  7. Mix the almond flour with the egg whites, flour, zest d' orange, sugar syrup and the aroma of almonds
  8. Wrap the dough in a damp cloth and let it rest overnight
  9. The next day preheat the oven to 160 degrees
  10. With the dough create ricciarelli in their typical rhomboid shape
  11. Lay each ricciarello on a host
  12. Sprinkle ricciarelli with icing sugar
  13. Bake for about 10 minutes
  14. Ricciarelli are ready when cracks will be formed on the surface but remember that they must remain white
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