Sunday morning I made a batch of chocolate hazelnut cantucci -- man, I love cantucci. (These are commonly called biscotti in the States.) I was first introduced to them by a friend, Lois, who lived her retirement years in a restored farmhouse in Umbria -- an Umbrian farmhouse with a Tuscan view. Each time we shared a meal with her, she would insist on ending it with cantucci dipped in vin santo, a dessert wine. I miss her. We all have such heartfelt memories of this incredible woman and her warm and inviting home.
I learned to make the cantucci in a cooking class I recently took here. (I hope to write a bit about it soon; I thought I'd try to duplicate a recipe or two before doing so.) It's so incredibly easy to do.
I've wrapped them up tightly and plan to share them along with a bottle of vin santo with a couple of friends I'll be visiting soon. The good things in life are better when shared with those you hold dear. Thanks, dear Lois, for sharing cantucci with me. Thanks, Chef Mauro, for sharing your passion with me.