Credit: Steve GiraltMAKES 20
The Hotel Empordà in Figueres often serves these cookies with its famous burnt cream ice cream.
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup flour
1 tbsp. ground anise
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1 1/4cups almonds, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Beat 1 of the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Put sugar, flour, anise, cinnamon, yeast, and lemon zest into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix well. Beat in remaining eggs, 1 at a time, on high speed, mixing well after each addition. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in almonds.
3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and divide in half. Lightly flour your hands and shape dough into 2 slightly flattened cylinders about 3" wide x 14" long. Brush off any excess flour with a dry pastry brush. Carefully transfer dough cylinders to prepared sheet pan about 4" apart, then brush all over with beaten egg. Bake, misting dough and oven with water from a spray bottle every 10 mnutes or so, until crust is shiny and dark brown, about 30 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly; slice on the bias into 1/2"-thick cookies. Transfer biscottito a wine rack to let cool completely. Cookies keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.