Walnut Cardamon Cantuccini
Now everyone, and their mother, will be telling me that this recipe is Biscotti but, being a stubborn, uncooperative Yankee, I beg to argue. If you were to visit central Italy, you would most often find Cantuccini's with your cafe della casa, not Biscotti's. What is the difference you say? Well, I'll tell ya'. Even though all biscottis should truly be called Cantuccini's, it is the use of an acid(or yeast) that designates it so. I use lemon juice in this recipe, which helps make them less dry.
This dough is cooked twice: once in log form and secondly in sliced form. The second baking is what transforms it into Cantuccini. I enjoy this with simple hot cocoa, either flavored with a shot of brandy or simply add some mint chocolate chips to melt into your cocoa. If you want to stay true to its' heritage, enjoy them with Vin Santo or any fortified wine.
For 4 people
- 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup(s) brown sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup(s) flour
- 2 teaspoon(s) ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1 pinch(es) salt
- 2 teaspoon(s) lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) grated lemon zest
- 1/4 cup(s) crushed walnuts
Walnut Cardamon Cantuccini Directions
- Preheat oven to 375-degrees F. Combine butter and sugar in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, cardamom, baking powder, salt, lemon juice and grated zest in a large bowl; mix well. Stir in crushed walnuts, then add the egg mixture, stirring well.
- Divide the dough in half and shape half into a log on a floured work surface. Repeat with remaining dough to make a second log, the dough will be slightly sticky. Place both logs on a greased cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and reduce oven to 300-degrees F.
- When the logs are cool enough to handle, cut each into 8 slices, each about 1/2-inch thick. Place these slices back onto the cookie sheet and continue cooking an additional 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool and enjoy with your favorite hot cocoa on a cold night.