Hazelnut rusks

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Double-acting baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
3 eaches Extra large or jumbo eggs
1¼ cup Granulated sugar
½ teaspoon Almond extract
12 eaches Ounces (2 generous cups) blanched hazelnuts (filberts), coarsely cut

Adjust two racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat to 360 F.

Cut aluminum foil to fit two 12 x 15-½ inch cookie sheets Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In the small bowl of an electric mixer beat the eggs with the sugar at high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until the mixture is almost white and forms a ribbon when the beaters are lifted. Beat in the almond extract. Transfer the mixture to the large bowl of the electric mixer. On low speed add the dry ingredients, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula and beating only until smooth. Fold in the nuts.

The dough will now be placed on the aluminum foil to form three strips, two on one piece of foil and one on the other. Place Tablespoonfuls of the dough touching each other lengthwise on the foil. The strips should be 13 inches long, 2 to 3 inches wide, and about 1-½ inches thick. The two strips that are both on one piece of foil should be about 3 inches apart. Place the dough carefully to make the strips rather even in shape but do not smooth over the tops or sides++they will run a bit in baking and will level themselves enough. Slide a cookie sheet under each piece of foil. Bake the strips for 25 to 30 minutes. Bake until the strips are firm to the touch, they will remain pale in color. Remove from oven, but do not turn off the heat. Slide the foil off the cookie sheets. Let stand for 2 or 3 minutes. Place a folded towel or pot holder in your hand and invert a strip into it. Peel away the foil and then turn over and place on cutting board. The strip is delicate so handle with care.

Repeat. While still slightly warm cut them with a finely serrated knife. Cut crosswise into ½" slices. These are best if no thicker.

Transfer the slices to the cookie sheets and place them upright with a bit of space between them. Bake again at 350 F. for 10 minutes to dry the cookies. They will feel soft while hot but will become crisp when cool. If they are not crisp they should be baked longer, if they are thicker than ½ inch they might need a bit more baking, but do not overbake them or they will become too hard and dry. When removed from the oven they may be left on the cookie sheets to cool. From: Book of Great Cookies Shared By: Pat Stockett Submitted By PAT STOCKETT On 09-17-95

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