Thursday, October 18, 2012

Serendipity - Rossella' s Biscotti alle Mandorle - Cantine Di Meo (Av)

Wikipedia: Serendipity means  a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it.  

I took a group of friends to one of my favorite wineries last month ...Cantine Di Meo in Salza Irpina (Av).   I introduced them to Roberto Di Meo...we toured the grounds, the cantina, and sat down to a wine tasting in the comfort of his restructured farmhouse.   Fiano di Avellino  , Greco di Tufo, Aglianico, and Taurasi were tasted, discussed and appreciated during an amazing buffet prepared by Di Meo, his wife Rossella, and an amazing staff..  At the end of the evening the 'unforgettable assaggio'  was a simple cookie with almonds.  Here's the recipe...

550 g of unsalted almonds, 250 g. of sugar, 1 package of vanilla, 4-5 egg yolks.

Chop up the almonds.  Add the sugar, vanilla, and the egg yolks and mix well.  Place the mixture onto a cookie sheet by using a pastry bag. and bake at 180 degrees Celcius (about 356 degrees Fahrenheit) until golden brown.


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