Little Wine Cookies / Biscottini al Vino
MAKES 2 “EELS,” OR 8 SERVINGS
When I was in Perugia, the capital city of the landlocked region of Umbria, I took a baking class from Signorina Carla Sandri, owner of Sandri’s Pasticceria. First on the day’s schedule was the making of the “eels of Trasimeno”, Trasimeno being the largest lake in central Italy, and a favorite vacation spot for Perugians. I didn’t dare ask how eels could fit into the category of pastry.
I soon found out that these eels were made from almonds, candied fruit, and egg whites, shaped to look like the real thing. This is a very old recipe traditionally served at Christmas.
This recipe was featured on Season 3 - Episode 307.
I made this sweet delight several years ago when I saw Mary Ann make them on TV. They are such a delicious treat and everyone enjoys them. I made them into small wreath shapes, decorating them with glaceed fruits, and gave them out to my co-workers and friends for Christmas treats. Thank you, Mary Ann, for printing this favorite here.