Carquinyolis – The Catalan Biscotti
I have been wanting to prepare this Carquinyolis recipe for a long time now. I wonder how will it sound on your mouth when you pronounce the word, hahaha, it’s not an easy one, I guess :D. This is a super easy recipe to do and very energetic with all those almonds inside. You might want to try it because it has no butter nor oil in it… I’m telling you this because even though almonds are high in calories, there’s no grease involved in the recipe and therefore, you can eat double!!! Hahaha.
We normally have them accompanied by a sweet wine (vi dolç) and it’s more of a winter treat than a Spring/Summer… but my mom gave me these beautiful and old cups and plates and spoons and I thought… What could I do with this? And, believe it or not, Carquinyolis came to my mind. A funny way to start a recipe, don’t you think? That’s the reason why the chicken wings I was simultaneously cooking were not the best I have cooked!!! My husband, who loves them, still complains!
Thank God, he also said that these Carquinyolis were a blast! I gave the traditional recipe a little twist and the result was soooo good :D. Instead of soaking the almonds in water, I soaked them in anise and it gave them a perfect hidden scent. I want to dedicate this Catalan treat to my friend Laura from Madrid, who’s one of the most enthusiastic followers I have :D. Gracias Laura! And I also want to demonstrate that even though there’s a great rivality among the two cities and lots of people enjoy making hate grow between them; I must say, I only have beautiful things to say about my friends in Madrid and about such a fantastic city!
So, after thanking God and Laura, and because I feel great and happy and everything is super at this moment, my gratitude goes to my favorite Web designers: The Kings of Mambo! They should be your first choice when making a new blog design!
Gràcies Josep, Jordi i Manel.
Ingredients for 15 carquinyolis: 1 large egg (at room temperature), 100 grs of raw natural almonds with their peel, 175 grs of flour, 100 grs. of granulated white sugar, 1 lemon's zest, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, enough anise (the liquor) to cover your almonds and a pinch of salt.
- Place the almonds inside a bowl and cover with the anise.
- In a big bowl whip the egg, sugar and zest until you get a smooth and nearly white texture.
- In a different bowl, mix the flour and the baking powder. Pour inside the egg's bowl and mix with the help of a silicone spatula and with your hands too. Add the almonds (not the anise) to the dough and work a bit more with your hands until you don't see the flour anymore. If they get too sticky, wet them with water and make a log with the dough.
- Preheat oven at 180ºC.
- Place the log on a oven's paper sheet on the oven's tray and bake for 15 minutes approximately or until you see it starts getting some color.
- Take the log outside the oven and let it cool down for 10 minutes. Then cut with a sharp knife in diagonal pieces of 1cm each. Place back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes each side or until they show a beautiful brown color.
- This is a crusty and crispy treat, make sure your teeth is strong and healthy before you eat it ;D.