Inghams Italy Advent- 19 dicembre
Fri Dec 2014
Italy is certainly not as famous as France when it comes to desserts, but it definitely has some hidden gems of patisserie. The charming city of Siena has been known for centuries for the little and delicate ricciarelli. These oval biscuits are made of bitter almonds and baked in the oven. The crust is quite hard, but the heart of these sweets is incredibly soft and mellow.
Ricciarelli are probably the most chic and elegant Italian Christmas dessert. Just sprinkled with a little bit of icing sugar, they are perfect served with a dessert wine like Vin Santo. Of course, you can also enjoy them with a comforting latte or a relaxing tea on a cold afternoon.
The almond paste makes the taste of ricciarelli very close to that of marzipan. It is said that ricciarelli were introduced to Tuscany by an aristocratic gentleman, Ricciardetto Della Gherardesca, who was returning from the Crusades.
You can look for these gourmandises in the best supermarkets and Italian delicatessen across the UK.