Biscotti di pignoli

Yield: 4 Dozen

Measure Ingredient
⅔ cup Pine nuts
½ cup Butter
¾ cup Sugar
2 \N Eggs
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Lemon zest
2 cups Plus 2 Tbs unbleached or all-purpose flour,
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt

Place nuts in a shallow pan and bake in a 180C/350F oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon juice and zest. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, mixing until blended. Fold in nuts. Divide dough in half. On a greased and floured baking sheet pat out into two logs about ½ inch high, 1½ inches wide and 14 inches long, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake in the middle of a 170C/325F oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer from the baking sheet to a rack. Let cool for 5 minutes. Place on a cutting board.

With a serrated knife slice diagonally at a 45 degree angle about ½ inch thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 10 minutes longer, turning them over once, to dry slightly.

Let cool on a rack. Store in a tightly covered container. These cookies keep well. Makes about 3½ to 4 dozen.

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