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Italian Cantucci Biscuits Recipe with Thermomix



Have you ever tried making Italian Cantucci with your Thermomix?

These very tasty almond biscuits are perfect to be served as a dessert at the end of a meal together with the famous Vin Santo, a fortified and perfumed wine where cantucci are dipped in to soften. They are typically prepared in Tuscany, especially in the town of Prato.

As for all the traditional recipes, Cantucci have a particular and interesting origin too. Their name derives from the latin "cantellus" that means "piece" or "slice of bread".

The first documented recipe of these biscuits is to be found in a XVIII century manuscript by Amadio Baldanzi, a scholar from Prato while the classic recipe has been refined by the Prato confectioner Antonio Matteo in the XIX century who received many awards in Italy and abroad, including a special mention at Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867. Today in Prato the confectioner "Mattonella" is still existing and considered as the repository of the traditional Cantucci recipe.

The particular thing about this biscuits is in the fact they are double baked: the first cooking is in the oven, dough is shaped as a French loaf; second cooking is done when biscuits are cut and then put into the oven (turned off but warm) to cook well in the inside and roast.

Preparation is made easy with Thermomix because, we can say it...how could we live without Thermomix? :-) Following there are some recipes: the first one has been sent by Fabiana, a fan of the Italian Facebook page of this website while the other recipes are from some other websites I've found.

If you are looking for other almond biscuits recipes you may try the Baci di Dama or the very good Neapolitan Roccocò. If you are a cake-holic I suggest you try the traditional Caprese Cake, the Almond and Ricotta Cake and the delicious Puff Pastry Cake with Hazelnuts, Almonds and Chocolate Jelly. Lastly, if you feel like something fresh and healthy you must try the Almond Granita ;-).


Recipe 1
This is Fabiana's recipe.


Ingredients


- 200 g All Purpose Flour
- 200 g Almonds, with skin
- 200 g Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 g Baking Powder


How to prepare the Cantucci


Put sugar in the bowl and pulverise. 15 Sec. Speed Turbo.

Beat in the eggs. 20 Sec. Speed 6.

Add flour and baking powder. 20 Sec. Speed 7.

Put almonds in. 10 Sec. Speed 3.

Pour the dough on greaseproof paper using a spoon and cook in the oven. 25-30 Min. 180°C.


Recipe 2
This is Erica40's recipe took from AlFemminile.com Forum.


Ingredients


- 5 Eggs
- 200 g Almonds
- 180 g Sugar
- 30 g Honey
- 600 g All Purpose Flour
- 4 g Baking Powder
- 1 Vanillin Sachet (0,5 g) (or Vanilla Sugar)
- Lemon peel
- 20 g Butter


How to prepare the Cantucci


Put sugar and a lemon peel in the bowl. 15 Sec. Speed 10.

Add eggs, butter, honey and vanillin (or Vanilla Sugar). 10 Sec. Speed 6.

Beat in the flour. 30 Sec. Speed 6.

Pour the baking powder and the almonds too. 10 Sec. Speed 5 while stirring with the spatula.

Put the dough on a table covered with flour and shape to two French loaves.

Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper and put the loaves on it. Cook at 180°C until golden.

Cut into 1 or 2 cm slices, cover with flour again and put in warm oven (turned off).


Recipe 3
This is Silvietta's recipe took from Cookaround website.


Ingredients


- 250 g All Purpose Flour
- 250 g Sugar
- 150 g Almonds, with skin on
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder (or Baking Soda or Ammonium Carbonate)
- 1 pinch Salt


How to prepare the Cantucci


Put flour, sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt in the bowl. 15 Sec. Speed 3.

Beat in the 3 entire eggs. 20 Sec. Speed 4.

Add entire almonds and mix. 15 Sec. Speed 3 Reverse.

To remove the dough in a better way move 20 Sec. Speed Dough Mode.

If the dough is too sticky, use a bit of flour to handle it.

Place the dough on a table and shape to French loaves, 3 cm large 1 cm thick.

Spread with beaten egg yolk and put them on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper.

Put in the oven at 180°C 30 Min. and then keep them inside the oven for 10 Min.

Once removed from the oven cut them into 2 cm slices and put them in the turned off oven again (it will be still warm) for other 10-15 Min.


Silvietta's advice


If you want you can customise the recipe adding 1/2 measuring cup of your favourite liqueur like marsala or orange flower water.


My advice


To preserve your cantucci in a better way you can put them in a tin box. Moreover, if well packed, they can be a very good idea for your friends' presents during your preferred occasions :-)


How to prepare the Cantucci without Thermomix


http://www.deliciousdays.com/archives/2006/03/24/cantuccicantuccinibiscotti/
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cantucci-biscotti/detail.aspx
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cantucci-di-prato


Translated from the Italian recipe
Cantucci: Ricette Bimby


Photocredit: papisc








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