Posted by: lisetta | December 21, 2008

Biscotti di solstizio

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A picture I took on my last trip to Lebanon in 2004

If I had been living a couple thousand years ago, I might have celebrated the winter solstice with wine and merriment, perhaps in the Temple of Bacchus, in Baalbek, Lebanon. The Romans colonized what both the Phoenicians and the Greeks called the City of the Sun. The day I visited, it was sunny and very hot, with only a handful of others there; we had a private tour. Literally. 

Today, instead, I celebrated by baking cookies. Lots of them. Did the pizzelles and limoncello cookies, and the classic little butter balls every culture claims as its own: Russian teacakes, Mexican wedding cakes, Italian wedding cookies, Spanish polvorones. 

Followed the recipe on Epicurious:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely ground

Cream the butter. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and vanilla. Cream some more. Then fold in the flour. Then the nuts. Chill the dough, then roll it into teaspoon sized balls and bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Roll them in powdered sugar right when they come out, then let them cool and immediately delivery them to your neighbor(s). Ignore the mess in your kitchen.

Feel grateful that the days will be getting longer, and grateful to hear the powerful and beautiful voice of Fiorella Mannoia in my living room. Check out Quello che non dicono le donne, or browse others on You Tube.

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Responses

  1. GLAD YOU MADED COOKIES! I WAS JARRED BACK INTO CHILDHOOD WHERE WE MADE THE TEA CAKES EVERY CHRISTMAS. MY JOB WAS CRACKING THE PECANS AND PICKING THE MEAT. THE WHOLE PECANS WENT TO PECAN PIE AND PEICES PULVERIZED FOR THE COOKIES.
    MEALS IN YOUR MOUTH. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SHARING

  2. CORRECTION MELTS NOT MEALS


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