Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vin Santo & Cantucci after dinner?

One of the traditional things to do, especially in Tuscany and Umbria, is to finish an evening meal with Vin Santo and cantucci. Many people like to dip their biscuits into the wine. Here's a recipe for the biscotti, named cantucci....

Ingredients: 2 cups of SR flour
2/3 cup sugar
Pinch salt
3 eggs
1 tspn vanilla
1/4 cup whole almonds (not blanched)
Set oven to 170 degrees C
Method: Combine dry ingredients in bowl
To the eggs , add vanilla, lightly beat and add to centre of flour mixture
Mix thoroughly
Knead with hands in bowl, then onto floured marble surface for a further short kneed
Set aside for 10 minutes
Flatten dough to approx 1 cm thick
Turn dough onto itself a few times and kneed briefly.
Divide into 3 equal pieces and form 3 cylinders or rolls approx 30cm long
Place onto long tray lined with non-stick baking paper, and put in oven for 30 minutes
Remove from the oven. After a few minutes slice carefully, on the diagonal, approx 1 cm wide.
Return to oven . Stand them upright (or turn once). Cook 15 minutes
Buon appetito !