As for the almond biscuits Christmas tree, these biscuits can be used as Christmas decorations. In the old times Christmas trees used to be decorated with feathers, pines, cards, pictures, fruits and sweets: let’s carry on the tradition!
300g plain flour
120g ground almonds
120g caster sugar
180g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
for the icing:
120g icing sugar
1 egg white
Andiamo in cucina! Let’s go to the kitchen!
1. Mix all of the ingredients together (don’t add the ones for the icing). The butter needs to be at room temperature. It will be crumbly at first, but eventually you’ll manage to form a nice dough.
2. Wrap the dough inside cling film and leave it in the fridge for 1 hour.
3. Using different shaped cutters, cut the biscuits. Make sure that you make more than one style. Whit a toothpick, make a hole in the biscuits.
4. Put the biscuits in pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C. Leave them for 12-15 min. Make sure they are cooled down before moving them from the tray.
5. While the biscuits are in the oven, make the icing. Work the egg white with an electric whisk till it’s foamy and then add the icing sugar a bit at a time. You need a syringe or a sac-a-poche for the next step.
6. Decorate the biscuits as you like.
7. Add a ribbon and your decorations are ready!
In Italian, if we want to add an element of surprise to a question, we start it with ‘ma’ (but)
–Ma cosa stai mangiando??!!
-What are you eating??!!
Listen to this song from Marco Masini (Il confronto) for an example of the use of ‘ma’ in questions.
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