Dear Friends, here we are again. Xmas is coming! Nothing is more festive and cozy than these "pasticcini alle mandorle" (almond pasticcini) easy to make and soooooo Xmassy! Cooking with the family is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
Try the recipe below and let us know! We'd love to receive your comments and the pics of your Xmas tables on our FB page!
PASTICCINI ALLE MANDORLE / ALMOND PASTICCINI
250 g almond meal
200 g caster sugar
2/3 egg whites
1 vial of almond essence (1ml)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Icing sugar for rolling the dough
1 pinch of salt
Mix well the almond meal with the caster sugar and the baking powder. Lightly beat separately the egg whites with the pinch of salt. Add to the egg whites the almond essence and pour it to the almond and sugar mixture. Add it little by little until the mixture is well combined but not too wet (normally 2 and ½ egg whites should be enough for this recipe). Work the dough with the hands and make a compact ball. Cover with a cling wrap and let cool down in the fridge for at least 1 hour. After this time, sprinkle abundant icing sugar on a work plan and start rolling the dough in a long snake of about 2/3 cm diameter. Cut in 3 cm pieces like when we make gnocchi. Roll the pieces well in the icing sugar no to be stick in your hands. Place them on a baking tray with a baking paper giving them the shape you like. Bake in a preheated oven 200C for 10/15 min or until lightly colored. Let them cool completely before eating.
It is very easy, isn't it?
And now our present: a Xmas food poem for you by Lena Townsend. Thank you, Lena!
A Christmas dinner that can’t be beat Here is the menu of what we’ll eat Mashed potatoes whipped smooth and fluffy Green bean casserole; nice and crunchy Pickles and olives on a perfect relish tray Cranberry delight that’s been chilling all day Sweet potatoes such tasty treats Hot rolls steaming both white and wheat Homemade honey butter and strawberry jam A gorgeous honey glazed Christmas ham Turkey and noodles are piping hot A fuzzy naval salad; I almost forgot A slow roasted turkey golden brown And broccoli rice casserole; pass it around For dessert we’ve a variety of tasty treats Tons of scrumptious goodies to eat Chocolate chip cookies and brownies so sweet Four kinds of pies including minced meat It’s all there so fill up your plate I’m getting mine, I can hardly wait
Copyright © Lena Townsend | Year Posted 2009
To a joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a magnificent New Year.