Baci di Dama are a typical Italian biscuit and when I used to live in Italy back in my childhood days, I would go out from school and run to the bakery to get some of these delicious treats. Now that I live so far away from Europe I like to indulge in some of these traditional recipes that transport me back to those days.
I used a recipe from here and below is the English version of it:
150g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
150g peeled almonds or hazelnuts (I used almonds)
1 generous pinch of salt
A few drops of vanilla extract (I used 1 vanilla pod instead)
FOR THE FILLING:
150g chocolate (I used Valrhona 70%)
1- Blend the sugar and the almonds together until a soft powder forms
2-In a separate bowl mix by hand the softened butter and the flower and when well amalgamated incorporate and mix the almond and sugar mixture
3-Add the zest of 1 orange, the vanilla and the pinch of salt, mix, wrap in cling film and lay the dough to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
4- Once the dough has firmed up, form small sticks (as you can see in the second picture below) which you will then cut in small portions and roll in a ball shape to form your cookie.
5- Set all the ready biscuits on a greaseproof paper and then on a baking tray which you will put back in the fridge for 30 minutes
6- In the meantime preheat your oven at 160 degrees C and melt the chocolate in a bain marie (or in the microwave)
7- Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes (or 30 minutes at 135 degrees C if using a convection oven) and leave them to cool completely
8- Once the biscuits have cooled and the melted chocolate has thickened use a spatula or a piping bag to place a drop of chocolate on the flat side of the biscuit and place another biscuit on top of it.
9- When the chocolate has completely cooled down in between the 2 biscuits your Baci di Dama are ready to serve!
PS. Happy Birthday Dad!