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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Lemon biscuits?? Reply with quote

A friend's mother (Italian) always made 'lemon biscuits' at Christmas time. The recipe she used was one which had been passed down from generation to generation. When we were talking about this the other night my friend said her mother had to buy one of the ingredients from a chemist's shop, she remembers it was the only place her mother could get this ingredient but she has no idea what it was.
Anyone have any idea what that ingredient could be?
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ps I think I may have posted this in the wrong place!!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will ask my mother but I am not sure at this point what exactly you are referring to. But they sound good anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thnaks Nuccia
All she told me was it was a traditional recipe at Christmas time and it was all the usual ingredients ie flour lemons butter etc but it was this 'mysterious' ingredient that had to be purchased at a pharmacists (chemist's shop) that puzzled us. Could be that it was so long ago that the local shops didnt stock it? It remains a mystery- just hope it wasnt arsnic!! Anxious
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm..wondering if it was an extract of some kind.

Well here's the recipe for Almond Biscotti which you can make Lemon Biscotti as a variation that my girlfriend Linda gave me. I have typed it as she gave it to me and she says these coolies are amazing.

3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper). In a large bowl, beat eggs with oil; add sugar and almond extract. Continue beating about 5 minutes until mixture is thick and pale. Fold in chopped almonds.

Sift flour with baking powder. Stir into egg mixture using wooden spoon and then hands, if necessary.

Shape dough into 2 logs about 3 x 10 inches each and arrange on cookie sheet. Using a wet spatula, flatten top and smooth sides of logs.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 300.

Let logs cool on cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. Cut into 1/2" slices using a serrated knife. Lay slices flat on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes longer until surface is golden and crisp.

When done, transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 3 dozen.

Variation: For Lem Biscotti, reduce almond extract to 1 tsp and add 1 tsp grated lemon rind to egg mixture.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy

The mystery ingredient that was purchased at a chemistry shop may have been the almond extract. I don't know of the general availability at the time this recipie was started but that may have been the case with the almond extract.

I used to have to do the same thing with wintergreen and peppermint. Now, most of these flavorings are available almost everywhere.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nuccia and Libees
I thought it could perhaps be something like that because I'm going back to over 60 years ago Shhh
and supermarkets just did not exist here at that time and it probably would be the almond extract I'm going to try that recipe out anyway.
I've just finished making Italian 'biscuits' dont know the name for them but they were made with honey, sugar, madarin rinds, cinnamon and roasted hazelnuts and plain flour. The mixture is formed into a 'sausage roll shape' then baked Then It has to be cut into slices when it comes out from the oven because as they cool they go very hard but are delicious dunked in coffee or wine.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuccia wrote:
Well here's the recipe for Almond Biscotti which you can make Lemon Biscotti as a variation that my girlfriend Linda gave me. I have typed it as she gave it to me and she says these coolies are amazing.

Sounds good! So Nuccia, are you going to make them for Christmas holidays? I'd like to have some! And of course, I'd like to eat also your favorite dish, I know you love cooking it, that is mashed potatoes, eh? Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay Emmy, now that I think we have solved you problem in this department how about some goodie recipes. Or even a great main dish.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea..mashed potatoes which I will have to bring over to the relatives houses, no? And maybe dump them on someone's stairs? Laughing

I can not cook..I am officially on strike so you are doing all the cooking this time, right???? Oh, better bring your oven too! Mine's still down and I am getting kinda of used to it. It gets me out of cooking. *wink*

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately we can phone for pizza, for a chicken party, for Chinese food.... Rolling Eyes
I cannot bring my oven... because I should pay an extra fee because it makes my luggage too weighty. marameo

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