Ugly But Good

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One spectacular Saturday morning while I was in Akaroa recently I had an Italian biscuit with coffee at the local deli . The biscuit was so delicious with the strong black coffee. Sitting enjoying the coffee and biscuit with one of my closest friends was my idea of a perfect moment. I vowed to find a recipe and make the biscuits myself. 

I Googled ‘delicious Italian biscuit’ and up they popped. ‘Bruitti a Buoni’ meaning ‘ugly but good’. It’s a little hard to believe these biscuits only have four ingredients and are super easy to make. You do have to make them the night before eating though, as they need to stay in the oven overnight.

You will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2/3 cup of hazelnuts (I’ve also used macadamia and walnuts and they both work well)
  • 50gm good quality dark chocolate

Start by chopping the nuts and chocolate. You could do this in the processor but I prefer them to be a bit chunky,

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You may notice the two different chocolates I have pictured. That is because I used the last of a packet of 70% cocoa and started on the 85% (can’t be too organised or the earth could fall of it’s axis). Anyway, the darker chocolate works well in this sweet mixture.

Now turn on your oven to 180°C. Put your two egg whites into a clean bowl and beat until stiff. Add your sugar slowly while still beating.

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When it is thick and glossy fold in your nuts and chocolate. Put normal biscuit size dollops onto trays lined with baking paper leaving plenty of room between each dollop. 

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Place in oven and turn the oven off. Leave overnight and voilà or more appropriately ècco.

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For your information the biscuits are not blue that’s just my photography.

Since writing this recipe I have discovered that by the addition of a tablespoon of flour folded in with the nuts etc you get a more chewy texture.

These are so quick and easy to make with fabulous results. Give them a try and let me know how you go.

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