My exploration of Italian cuisine continues and I'm in love with these sweet little biscuits called baci di dama (ladies' kisses). Traditionally in the region of Piedmont in Italy they are made with hazelnut flour, but I've used almond here. And a dollop of Nutella as the chocolate to sandwich them together. Combined with the hint of orange and vanilla from the biscuits, they are amazing. The kids agree.
Enjoyed with an espresso it heightens the flavours even more.
Be sure to allow the biscuits to cool completely before layering them with Nutella. Otherwise the biscuits slide apart from one another.
Baci di Dama
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110g white sugar
150g almond meal
170g unsalted butter, softened
150g plain flour
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped, pod discarded
zest from 1 large orange
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Place the sugar, almond meal, butter, flour, vanilla seeds and orange zest in a bowl.
Mix together with hands to form a smooth dough.
Roll dough into a log about 5cm wide and wrap in baking paper.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 160˚C. Cut the dough into pieces that weigh about 10g each.
Roll into balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
To assemble, spoon a little Nutella onto a biscuit half.
Place the other half on top and gently press together.
Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Makes approx. 12
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