I'll always remember it fondly - finishing my first meal in Florence (I was travelling with Mum on my first trip to Italy) with a plate of biscotti and Vin Santo. It was utterly delicious and felt so authentic!
Vin Santo is a traditional Tuscan sticky (dessert wine) and I'm sure you'll be able to find a bottle in your local liquor store. You could always swap it for your local dessert wine - a Juniper Estate Cane Cut Riesling or Vasse Felix Cane Cut Semillon.
Many cantucci recipes use almonds but I particularly love hazelnuts in this recipe.
Cantucci di Noce (Hazelnut Biscotti) Recipe
Makes about 80 biscuits
- 3 x 50g eggs
- 300 g caster sugar
- 500g plain flour
- 1 sachet of lievito (16g) ** or 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
- 300 g hazelnuts, toasted
- 100 g butter at room temperature
Preheat oven to 170 degrees
In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and then add the eggs one at a time, fold in the flour, lievito and hazelnuts.
Roughly mould into a log shape about 1 cm in height and 4 cm in width (this quantity will make approximately4 logs). Place on a cooking tray lined with baking paper and cook in oven for 15-20 minutes. Once it has gone golden brown, remove biscuits and leave them to cool. Once they are cool, using a bread knife cut biscuits into about 1cm in width.
Place biscuits on a baking tray on top of grease proof paper and bake in oven at 160 degrees for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until they go light brown and crunchy. Remove from oven and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
**The sachet of lievito (which is a raising agent) can be found at Italian stores (supermarkets) The Re Store in Perth sells them.