Mmmmm Ricciarelli? Simply divine…

When I tasted these little devils in Siena, I thought mmmm, easily a daily addiction:)

Little pillows of heaven….

I didn’t realise they were made with a marzipan like paste called Mandorle.

In fact I am not 100% sure what the difference is….

I thought they were very similar or the same dependant on which country you lived in.

Had a  quick look and apparently Marzipan is Almond paste with more sugar added, very simply.

Also Marzipan is used more for icing but Almond paste is used more as a filling:)

Ok…..Lets get into it as these are easy peasy and so nice….

soft and light…yet chewy…

What will you need?

The willpower of Job when they are made.

I could not stop eating them.I expected them to be very very sweet once i found out what was in them but no…..

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1 cup of ground almonds

400g Almond paste (mandorle)

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence or extract

Icing sugar for working with and dusting.

Sitting,……waiting….

Mix almonds and almond paste in a mixing bowl until smooth and combined.

Add egg white and mix until well combined.

Add vanilla and baking powder.

The cookie dough should be firm and a little sticky.

Put the flour on a lightly dusted icing sugar are/ board and roll into a long log.

Slice small pieces off the log, about 2 cms, and shape into diamonds or rounds.

Sift the icing sugar over the cookie and flatten a little.

Place on a baking tray and leave , uncovered , for at least an hour, if not overnight.

Cooling…..

Preheat the oven to 150 Celsius.

Place tray in the oven and bake 20-30 minutes, until very light tan.

Not brown or crisp as they are supposed to be soft:)

Remove from oven and cool on racks.

When you can no longer contain yourself, ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY.

With Sicilian almond biscuits…

Soft little pillows…

Make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, put the biscuits on a nice plate, and maybe even drink your tea/ coffee from a cup and saucer…

Sit back, enjoy, sip, nibble…………..

Afternoon tea like ladies….

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