Tuesday 15 May 2007
Baci di dama (hazelnut cookies)
This is a regional recipe, from Pedimont, north-west of Italy. The translation of "Baci di dama" is "Kisses of a lady", and I read the first one was baked in 1893 in a city called Tortona. There are, of course, loads of recipes about these cookies , and this is mine ;)
100g chopped hazelnuts
100g all purpose flour
80g white sugar
80g dark chocolate
Let the butter melt out of the fridge for about 1 hour. Add all the other ingredients but chocolate, and mix well with your hands. Put the dough, well covered, in the fridge for 2 hours.
Take the dough out, and start making little balls of dough with your hands. Put the on a buttered baking-pan, not to close one too close one to the other.
Put in the oven at 150°C, for about 8/10 minutes. Let them cool on the baking-pan.
Melt the chocolate into a bowl. Put some chocolate on the flat side of the cookie, then put another cookie over, so you will form a kind of sandwich. Do the same with the others. Let the chocolate cool, and serve.