Ricciarelli

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Ricciarelli
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Ricciarelli from Siena
Type Biscuit
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Siena, Tuscany
Main ingredients Almonds, sugar, honey, egg whites
Cookbook:Ricciarelli  Ricciarelli

Ricciarelli are traditional Italian biscuit - specifically, a type of macaroon - originating in 14th century Siena. Legend holds that they were introduced by Ricciardetto della Gherardesca in his castle near Volterra upon his return from the Crusades.[citation needed]

Today, the biscuits are made using an almond base[1] with sugar, honey and egg white. When prepared in the traditional method, the almonds are ground with a milling machine, and the finished mix is formed into numerous oval- or lozenge-shaped cookies[1] that are set aside for two days before baking. The rough and crackled surface is usually lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Ricciarelli are typically consumed at Christmas, served with a dessert wine such as Vin Santo or Moscadello di Montalcino.

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  1. ^ a b Esposito 2007, p. 169.

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