Friday, 18 November 2011

(Baci di dama) Ladies' Kisses

These Italian biscuits are so easy to make and perfect for a dinner party or just to share with that special someone! So-called because the two sandwiched biscuits resemble a kiss, you can make them with ground almonds or ground toasted hazelnuts. Also I add a dash of vanilla, which may not be that traditional but I think gives them an added depth of flavour.

Prep Time: 10 Mins
Baking Time: 20 Mins
150g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
115g Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1/2Tsp Vanilla Extract
115g Ground Almonds or Ground Toasted Hazelnuts
175g Plain Flour
50g Good Quality Chocolate (You can use dark, milk or even white if you prefer!)

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk. Add the vanilla then mix in the nuts and flour. Spoon the mixture onto some cling film, wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and line a couple of large trays with baking paper. Take the mixture out of the fridge, then break off small pieces and roll into balls. You should be able to get about 40 out of this quantity. Making sure you leave a decent gap between each ball, place them on the baking paper. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden, leave to cool for about 15 minutes, then let them cool on the tray.

When the biscuits are cold melt the chocolate over a bain-marie or in the microwave then sandwich together the biscuits in pairs and leave to set. Easy!

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