Neighborhood Kitchens

Bistro 5's Cantucci and Vin Santo

Learn how to make Bistro 5's Cantucci with Vin Santo.


Watch Neighborhood Kitchens: Recipe Cantucci and Vin Santo on PBS. See more from Neighborhood Kitchens.

1 cup almonds
¾ cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
white wine (preferably Italian)



Mix the sugar, flour and baking powder in a large bowl.  Add the 2 eggs and vanilla and mix together by hand until the dough is stiff.  Mix in the almonds.  Form the dough into a ball and let rest for 20 minutes. 
Roll the dough out into a log shape.  Move to a large baking sheet and flatten with a roller into a rectangle about 3 inches wide and 15 inches long.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
After baking, move to a cutting board and cut into 3/4 inch wide diagonal slices, using a serrated bread knife to keep the dry biscotti from breaking apart.
Place the sliced biscotti back in the oven and decrease the temperature by 200 degrees.  Let the dry in the oven for an additional 30 minutes until golden brown.
Serve the biscotti “vin Santo” (with wine) by dipping the biscotti in a glass of white wine.  Soak up the wine, take a bite and enjoy.
Serves:  20 biscotti

Chef Vin Santo shared this recipe with us when he was featured as our guest on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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