Good Sunday everyone!
This weekend, the sun shines in the Netherlands and the temperature is pleasant. So pleasant that we could have a coffee outside in front of the lake and enjoy the sun on our faces.
Today I want to dedicate this post to my favorite cooker in Portugal, Rocco. Whenever we spend the weekend in Portugal, in Lagos to be precise, we spend all our evenings at the restaurant Italia in Lagos, run by a fantastic and very nice chef, Rocco, that delights us every time with fabulous dishes, and that makes me happy preparing huge portion of pasta with delicious seasonal fresh vegetables. He suggested me to try these biscuits, typical of the Sicilian tradition, that are vegan by nature, in fact, the original recipe does not require the use of butter, milk or eggs. These biscuits are fantastic with coffee after dinner, but also as a snack with hot tea.
Ingredients for about 20 cookies:
200 gr of whole flour
100 gr of almond flour
The juice of half orange
Orange and lemon zest
70 gr of honey or maple syrup
50 gr of olive oil (or coconut oil)
A teaspoon of cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of clove powder
Few drops of vanilla essence
For the topping:
20 grams of dark chocolate
In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour and spices) and mix well. Add the liquid ingredients (oil, syrup and orange juice and vanilla essence). Mix well until you have a crumbly mixture.
With the hands create the biscuits with ball shape and place them on the baking sheet pressing them a bit on bottom. Bake in oven for 17-20 minutes at 180 degrees.
While baking, melt the chocolate with the milk over low heat. Once baked, with the help of a teaspoon cover the top of the biscuits with melted chocolate and let them cool. Enjoy!