Ecco Le Marche

We left you before the holidays with the special recipe of aniseed biscuits by Mamma Graziella. It was a wonderful afternoon at Elke’s and, as anticipated, we… – actually they- managed to bake three different kinds of biscuits! Today is time to show you the recipes by Silvia, from and Nonna Franca.

The first recipe is for Limoncello biscuits by Silvia and it is taken (and translated) directly from her blog.

  • 1 organic lemon
  • 125g soft butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50 ml limoncello
  • 250 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • about 100g sugar for rolling
  • about 100g powdered sugar for rolling

Wash the lemon with hot water, dry it and finely grate the peel. Cut the butter into flakes and stir with the whisk of the hand mixer until creamy white. Gradually add sugar and lemon zest. Stir in the egg and limoncello. Mix the flour with the baking powder. Mix first with a spoon, then by hand into the butter mixture without applying pressure. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for approx. 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 175 °, line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the sugar and powdered sugar each in a deep plate. Remove walnut-sized pieces from the dough with a spoon and gently shape into balls. First roll in sugar, then in plenty of powdered sugar. Place on the tray with a little space between them and bake in the oven (center) for 12-15 minutes, so that the balls are slightly browned at the bottom and still light at the top.

The second recipe is by Nonna Franca, and it is a typical recipe for tea/coffee biscuits.

  • 250 gr flour
  • 100 gr butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • lemon zest
  • vanillin
  • half pocket yeast

Whisk the egg and the egg yolk with the sugar until it gets creamy. Add the butter cut in small pieces and continue to stir. Gradually add the flour and the lemon zest. Finish with the vanillin and the yeast. Shape the dough into a ball and cut out the biscuits with some nice cookie cutters. Bake the biscuits at 180° until they are golden.

Tips: (These are kindly given to us by Nonna Franca). Before cooking the biscuits, roll them with sugar. And for tastier biscuits, you can add cocoa powder, as well!

And here’s the funny video about the two recipes!


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