Monday, 8 June 2009

Pan di Stelle

I prepared last Saturday evening Pan di Stelle cookies. I have a fascination with them from my time in Italy and as I found a recipe for them, I immediately wanted to try it! Pan di Stelle is a cocoa tasting biscuit with white stars, available in Italian stores under the brand Mulino Bianco. Here's how I made them instead (and attempted to make the stars in my own way).

Ingredients (50 cookies):
500 g wheat flour
2 tablespoons honey
50g cacao powder (sugarfree)
1 egg
160 g butter or margarine
370 g icing sugar
50 g milk (more if needed)
20 g grinded nuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
a bit of salt

Mix the icing sugar (leave 100 g for later use) and butter or margarine. Mix into the dough the grinded nuts and the yellow part of the egg (conserve the transparent part for later). Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have obtained the kind of dough that resembles to short crust pastry. Roll out the dough until it is quite thin (less than a cm). Cut biscuits out of it in the shape you like.

Take up the remained transparent part of the egg and 30 g icing sugar. Mix them together and brush the cookies with it. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 c for 10-15 minutes.
Once they've been to the oven, cut a pattern out of baking paper (or something else) with holes in form of stars. Dust icing sugar on the biscuits through the pattern.

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