Italian Pastries

COFFEE AND ALMOND SQUARES (PASTICCINI ALLA MANDORLA E CAFFE’)

A classic recipe from Italian tradition.

Yields 3/4 kg (1 and 1/2 lbs) of cookies.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb and 2 ounces (500 grams, this is slightly more than 2 cups) sugar
  • 1 lb and 2 ounces (500 grams) almonds
  • Fine bread crumbs
  • 5 egg whites beaten until stiff
  • 5 teaspoons of ground espresso coffee
  • Powdered sugar, the kind that doesn’t include starch (optional)

 

 

METHOD

Peel and crush the almonds. 
Mix sugar with 3 tablespoons of water, crushed almonds, ground coffee and egg whites. 
Grease a rectangular pan and cover with the fine bread crumbs. 
Pour mixture into pan and bake at 300° F for about 40 minutes. 
Remove from oven and let cool. 
Cut in small square pieces, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

 

 

 

 

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