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Christmas Biscotti

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Baking

Family traditions at our home involve baking our favorite foods. At Easter, it is Pane di Pasqua which is a sweet Easter Bread. At Christmas, Mamma makes Croustoweele which is a fried bread; pastries like Skawaylay which are a honey coated pastry; biscotti which is a twice baked cookie as well as other goodies. Here is a fun recipe for Christmas Biscotti, it has candy canes in the ingredients and goes great with a cup of Espresso or Cappuccino.

This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies. You can slice them a little thinner if you want to reduce the sample size.

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cups flour
2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup (175 ml) sugar
1/3 cup (75 ml) melted butter
2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla
1/2 tsp (2 ml) peppermint extract
1 egg white lightly beaten
6 each mini candy canes

Directions:

In large bowl combine flour and baking powder and crushed candy canes
Whisk eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
Stir into flour mixture until soft, sticky dough forms.
Transfer dough to lightly floured surface, form into smooth ball, divide in half, roll each into 12 inch long log. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Brush tops with egg whites.
Bake in 350 F oven for 20 minutes.Remove and cool for 5 minutes on rack. Cut diagonally into 3/4 inch thick slices, stand cookies upright on baking sheet.
Bake sliced cookies for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
cool on rack … mangia!!

Biscotti in Italian means cookie and also means twice baked. Our Christmas biscotti with the crushed candy canes is a nice twist to this yummy Italian cookie.

Flakiest Pie Crust

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Baking

Who doesn’t want a flaky pie crust? Without a doubt the flakiest pie crust in the world…Mamma’s. Okay we are a little biased. It is one of our favorites so we thought we would add it. Here is her recipe:

Ingredients

1 LB Tenderflake Shortening
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp baking powder
5 cups flour

1 Egg, 1 tbsp vinegar, top up with ice cold water to measure 1 cup. All these ingredients make 1 cup of liquid which you will add in stage 2.

Directions

Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and tender-flake ingredients into a large bowl; mix gently and just using your fingers.

Using a measuring cup beat 1 egg, add the tbsp of vinegar and then top up with ice cold water. Do not exceed 1 cup of total liquids. Add to mixture gradually until you reach desired consistency.

Mix and roll and you have your pie crust.  Add your favorites fillings, cover with same dough and bake.

Yield = three complete pies (top and bottom).  The instructions will yield enough dough for 3 each 10-inch pies with a crust top or 6 each bottom shells.