On my first go at making this simple cookie recipe, I have to say I was quite dubious. This simple recipe is an old traditional Italian cookie made in Oliena in the Province of Nuoro in Sardinia.
Their proper name is Pistokkus Incappaus.
Pre-heat oven to 170°C
Prepare a baking tray a rough size of 30cm x 40cm.
Line with a sheet of grease proof paper.
As you can see in the photo my baking tray was quite low so I made sure that paper was left quite high.
You can stable the corners of the paper to ensure the mixture will not spread out.
1. Place the whole eggs in a mixing bowl with the sugar.
Whisk until light and fluffy
Note : The bowl you see in the photo is 7 liters and when the eggs are fully whisked they almost fill the bowl, so choose quite a large bowl.
2. Fold in gently the Wheat Starch
You will find that the mixture is very frothy, hence why I said I was dubious.
It seemed that there wasn't enough flour in the mixture, but...
4. Pour the mixture in the tray, leaving room for the sponge to rise at least double in height.
5. Place into a hot oven about 170 °C for a good 35 – 40 minutes.
The sponge should be a nice golden color and quite firm to touch.
7. Once baked. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes
Then cut up the sponge into rectangles, see the photo
8. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper on their side.
9. Place the tray back in the oven for at least 10 minutes to until they are nice golden color.
10. Now here you can choose whether to leave the cookies in the oven longer resulting in a dry biscotti or take them out a little earlier leaving them slightly softer.
Ok the cookies are ready, the icing is ready all you need to do now is spread a little icing on the top of the cookies and leave to dry.
A simple cookie recipe in a true Sardinian Style... Pistoccus Incappausu !
Now if you taste the sponge before you re-bake them you will notice how light a fluffy it is.
You could use this sponge to make a jam and fresh cream sandwich, which I have actually tried and it was so yummy!!
Two for the price of one here!!
Happy Baking and do let me know how you get on with this recipe...