These traditional biscuits are famous for not being the best looking biscuit in the world but probably one of the most delicious. Called “brutti-ma-buoni” in Italian, they are a delicious combination of a cross between a meringue and a Ferrero Rocher and they are crispy and melt in the mouth and a bit macaron like… they are also gluten and dairy free. Hazelnuts and chocolate are a fantastic combination of flavours and textures and I added a little vanilla to mine. They are perfect with a coffee at the end of a meal and they are super easy to make. I think they make fantastic home made gifts wrapped in cellophane with a ribbon. Perfect at Christmas.
50g of 70% dark chocolate (I use Green and Blacks)
2 egg whites
1/2 cup of golden caster sugar
2/3 cup of roasted hazelnuts (I rubbed most of the skins off while they were still hottish between two tea towels) but you can buy them with the skins removed
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (optional)
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