Biscotti di Mandorla

Sweet, chewy almond biscuits, coated in sesame seeds, flaked almonds, or filled with a drop of raspberry jam.

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This the the second recipe I have tried out from sicillian desert cookbook. I chose to make these little biscuits because the recipe was so simple and I love almonds so I knew they would be delicious.

The biscuits turned out really nicely, although I think I probably should have made them about half the size as they are supposed to be tiny little mouthfulls, whereas mine are slightly gargantuan!

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I really like the way you can change how the biscuits taste and look just by rolling them in a different topping or adding a tiny little bit of jam. I will definitely be making them again to try out a few different variations.

I know it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but when I made these I couldn’t help but think about how lovely they would be as a small Christmas gift, if you wrapped then up nicely.

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I will be bringing these along to Fiesta Friday#90 this week, hosted by Angie, and co-hosted by Effie @ Food Daydreaming and Lindy @ Lindy Mechefske. Happy Friday everyone!

Variations: Any kind of nut would work as the coating, I might try pistachios next time. I also think dipping a few in chocolate would be delicious!

Ingredients: Makes 20 Biscuits

  • 300g ground almonds
  • 100g plain flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • vanilla
  • zest of one lemon

Optional:

  • flaked almonds
  • sesame seeds
  • crushed pistachios
  • raspberry jam

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To Make:

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a few baking trays.

Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl and beat until it forms a smooth, stiff dough.

Coat your hands in flour, take small pieces of dough, and roll into balls. Then roll in the coating of your choice and transfer to the prepared baking trays. Making sure the biscuits are a few cm apart, allowing them to expand slightly.

To make the jam filled biscuits, take small pieces of dough, roll into balls and place on the baking tray. Use your thumb to press a dent in the top of the ball, and fill with 1/2 a tsp of jam.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until cooked though and golden brown. Transfer to a wire ack and leave to cool. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve!

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Lemon and Thyme Shortbread, Dipped in White Chocolate

Buttery, crumbly shortbread, flavoured with citrus lemon and floral thyme, dipped in sweet, creamy white chocolate. 

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Yesterday was the Comic Relief Bake Off at work, and the challenge was biscuits! I couldn’t turn down the excuse to do yet more baking and raise some money for a good cause, so of course, I made a batch of biscuits to give in!

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Shortbread is one of my favourite types of biscuit, because I love the buttery and crumbly texture it has. But, while it is delicious just in its original form, I wanted to bake something a little bit more exciting for the bake-off.

I decided to use lemon and thyme to flavour my shortbread, because I thought the combination would make a really light and refreshing biscuit. But just to add a little extra indulgence and sweetness, I’ve dipped them in white chocolate.

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I don’t make biscuits very often, so I was a little bit worried about how these would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised! The biscuits have a lovely texture, the flavours work well and they really catch┬ápeoples interest!

Variations: The Lemon could be swapped for orange or lime, and the thyme could be changed to mint.

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Ingredients: Makes 40 Shortbread

  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • Zest and Juice of 2 Lemons
  • A Handful of Lemon Thyme Leaves
  • 200g White Chocolate

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To Make:

Pre-heat the oven to 180┬░C and grease some baking trays.

Rub the butter into the flour and sugar, until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.

Mix in the lemon zest and thyme leaves.

Squeeze in the lemon juice, then mix through, and form into a ball.

Turn out onto a floured work surface, and roll out until 1cm thick.

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Cut out the biscuits in flower and heart shapes (or whatever shaped cutters you have!), and transfer to the prepared baking trays.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl.

Spoon some melted chocolate over one half of each biscuit and smooth out into a thin layer.

Leave the chocolate to set, then serve and enjoy!

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