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Fave Dei Morti (Beans of the Dead)

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  • 1 1/4 c Whole unblanched almonds
  • 2/3 c Pine nuts
  • 1 1/4 c Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Baking powder
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1/4 c Unsifted unbleached or all-purpose flour


From: (Viviane Buzzi)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 94 18:44:03 +1100 In response to a recent request for recipes for some Italian biscuits/ cookies made with is a collection of a variety of different types which are popular in Italy...I hope they please!!
Fave dei morti literally means "beans of the dead" and are traditionally eaten in Italy on All Souls Day, November 2.
Grind nuts, a few at a time, until they have a flour-like consistency. In a bowl, mix the nuts with the sugar, baking powder and flour. Stir in the egg whites with a heavy spoon, mixing until dough sticks together.
Shape in teaspoon sized balls and flatten slightly on a greased baking sheet; do not allow cookies to touch. With a teaspoon handle, press in one edge of the cooky round to make a bean-like indentation. Bake in a 375F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until pale brown. Cool on wire racks; store airtight. Makes about 5.5 dozen.
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