1 recipe Nick Malgieri's Pasta Frolla
1 ? cups unblanched almonds
? cup honey
? teaspoon cinnamon
Toasted sliced almonds
1. Prepare and chill the pasta frolla dough.
2. Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment.
3. Prepare the filling: Grind the almonds in a food processor. Add the honey and cinnamon. If the mixture is very firm, add a tablespoon of water.
4. Divide the pasta frolla dough into 2 parts and roll each into a 12 inch square. Cut the dough into 8 strips, each 1 ? x 12 inches. Spread the filling down the center of each strip, then fold the strip up to contain the filling. Cut into 4 inch lengths and twist once or twice. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Bake the cookies until they are pale and golden, about 12 – 15 minutes. Before serving, drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with the almonds.
This is Nick Malgieri's recipe for a Sicilian Christmas specialty. When baking them, remember to alternate the pans from one rack to the other so the ones on the bottom are not overcooked.