zondag 13 november 2011


It's that time of the month again "Potluck" at I Heart Cooking Clubs where whe feature the recipes of Tessa Kiros for six months. And in here book Twelve i found this recipe for Ricciarelli or Almond cakes. And since i had a big batch of almond flour in my pantry, waiting for me to make macarons for months. I used it for this almond cakes instead.
And i totally hadn't any regrets about that after tasting the almond cakes.

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Tessa Kiros says, "These small, soft cakes are found in every shop is Siena along with the traditional panforte. They are baked on sheets or individual discs of rice paper, wich are trimmed around the cake when it is cooked and eaten with the small cake. If you do not have rice paper, line your baking tray with a piece of baking paper. When cooled, simply transfer from the baking paper to a tin".

Ricciarelli (Almond cakes)

Tessa Kiros, Twelve(page.365)
makes about 20 biscuits

300g (10 1/2oz) almond flour
280g (10 oz) caster sugar
150g (5 1/2oz) icing(confectioners) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
grated zest of 1 orange
2 egg whites
1 sheet of rice paper(or about 20 small rounds) to line the baking tray

Line a flat baking tray with baking paper.
Mix the almond flour with the caster sugar, 100g(3 1/2 oz) of the icing sugar, the baking powder and the orange zest in a bowl.
Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and combine with the almond mix, using a wooden spoon. Mash the mixture together to make a sticky, wet mass.
mouls oval shapes to 6cm(2 1/2in) long x 4cm(1 1/2in) wide x 2cm(3/4in) thick onto a spoon. Slide the ovals off the spoon carefully with you thumb, and reshape any identations. Put them onto the baking tray, allowing room for them to spread.
Sprinkle the tops with 25g(1 oz), or half of the remaining icing sugar. Leave the biscuits on the tray for 2-3 hours at room temperature to dry them a little before baking.
Preheat the oven to 140C (275F/Gas1). Bake for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden and a little firm on the outside. The inside will still be soft.Remove from the oven. Cool slightly before sprinkling with the remaining 25g(1 oz) of icing sugar. Cut the rice paper around the bottom of the cakes. They will keep for about a week stored in an airthight container.

notes: i didn't use the rice paper, because i could'nt find any. Baked them on baking paper.

8 opmerkingen:

  1. I have been wanting to make these, as well. And oddly enough, it's because I want to see that sheet of rice paper on the bottom. They sound so good!

  2. Almond cakes - they sound lovely! Perfect with a cuppa tea.

  3. Oh, I love your choice...I just love almond anything and these have not yet jumped out at me...but they will now, and Christmas cookie season coming up will be a good reason to be making these soon. Thanks for choosing these!

  4. This look delicious and so intriguing using the rice paper on the bottom.

  5. Your cookies look great! They look similar to some cornmeal lime cookies I made this weekend. I always need a new cookie recipe!

  6. I love almonds and these looks wonderful! Almonds are really "international"! I would really love to have some of these with a cup of warm tea! Lovely pick!

  7. Ohh these look lovely! I love almonds! Great pick. I'll have to try these :)

  8. I love the flavor of almond when it is mixed with orange, so heavenly! These look soft, fluffy, and delicious. Thanks for pointing them out!