The Italians have misguidedly named these meringue-esque biccos ‘Brutti Ma Buoni’, meaning Ugly But Good. They will no longer be damned with faint praise. Henceforth they will be known as Biscotti Bella e Stupefacente. The Beautiful and Amazing Biscuit.
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My new, and possibly all-time, favourite baking book is Warm Bread and Honey Cake by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra. My dad gave it to me about a month ago and I have been reverently working my way through the recipes ever since. Not consecutively, I must add. That would be slightly odd.
This chilli biscuit recipe is my fiery adaptation of Gaitri’s delectable almond shortbreads.