Hi incurable travellers,
In our journey to Langhe and Roero, a chapter must be dedicated to the desserts of the territory, whom noblest ingredient is the round and delicate-flavoured hazelnut (PGI), which is used in different ways.
It is possible to taste some delicious plain or round biscuits such as the famous Lady’s kisses Baci di dama with hazelnut flour and obviously chocolate, let’s keep in mind that Alba is the birthplace of Ferrero company.
Apart from Lady’s kisses Baci di dama, delicious cookies, hazelnut flour can be used also to make a fragrant cake – round and gentle – as it is called the typical hazelnut of the area.
Ingredients for the lady’s kisses Baci di dama:
- 200 g Langhe’s ‘tonda e gentile’ hazelnut variety
- 200 g big amaretti
- 100 g flour
- 100 g potato flour
- 1 spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 shot glass of dry Marsala
- 3 eggs
- 200 g butter
- 200 g sugar
Instructions for the lady’s kisses Baci di dama:
Toast the shelled hazelnuts in the oven. Grind them in a pestle uniformly (if using a blender pulse briefly so as not to grind hazelnuts into a fat powder which hardly dissolves in the compound of the cake).
Soften two small pieces of butter with 200 g of sugar on a low flame; add three egg yolks, one at a time, always stirring; pour the ground hazelnuts and crumbled almonds, stir well. Then it is the turn of the flour and potato flour, finally of the unsweetened cocoa and last of Marsala.
Add three egg whites to the compound incorporating them accurately.
Pour the mixture into a pan so that it does not exceed two centimetres in height. Put in the oven preheated to 180° and bake. Check the doneness with a toothpick after 20/25 minutes.
Serve them cold.
On chilly winter days, it may be accompanied by hot zabaglione with Moscato d’Asti.
The story of my food and wine tour in Langhe and Roero thanks to Italydifferent continues in the following article: Recipe of Bonet, while if you missed the first part of the article I suggest that you read: Food and wine in Langhe, ut if you are an incurable traveller interested in Langhe and Roero under the historical, artistic and cultural aspect, the article for you is: What to see in Langhe.
Article translated from Italian by Chiara Casagrande