Alright, Fidget, dream on…
Baci di dama / Lady’s kisses
With his New Year’s resolutions well behind him, it wasn’t long before Fidget found himself derailed to the realm of nuts and chocolate. And for good measure, in Fifi’s company too.
So, if you want to try and reproduce this lovely treat (there are many versions but we followed GialloZafferano’s recipe) you will need: 150g hazelnuts, 150g flour 00 grade, 110g granulated sugar, 150g unsalted butter, 150g chocolate (we used 85% cocoa), few drops of vanilla essence, pinch of salt, the zest of one untreated orange.
In a food processor, whizz the hazelnuts and sugar together. Add flour, butter (cubed), vanilla, salt and orange zest and keep whizzing until the dough comes together. Shape into a rectangular block, wrap it in cling film and rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
When you are ready to bake, bring the oven to 160°C and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Take the dough out of the fridge and cut it in half (put one half back in the fridge). Divide the dough with a knife until you get 40 similar small pieces and then quickly roll each piece with your hands to get a little ball. Place the 40 balls on the baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20min, until the base of each biscuit turns golden. Take them out of the oven and let cool.
Repeat the process with the other half of the dough. You should now have 80 little baked half-baci.
Melt the chocolate (either microwave in a suitable container in short bursts, or bain-marie in a suitable container in a pan of simmering water). When it is soft enough to be worked with a spoon – but not too runny – put a small amount on the flat surface of one of the baci biscuits and top it with another biscuit. Leave aside for the chocolate to harden. So there you have it: tempting, delicious and chocolatey baci di dama!
Obviously not one of Fidget’s famous ‘anti-pancia’ scale-friendly recipes – no, no, no! But, hey, February is just around the corner and right now we need all the warmth and comfort we can get.