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Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.

Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.


 

Before I even start writing, let me share the original link for these cute Italian cookies.

The only change I have done is less sugar in shortcrust pastry.

Before I start with the process, here is some history on these biscotti:

It is a Cinderella of Neapolitan pasty. Budget friendly for real, since you use your sponge cake leftovers ( Easter or Christmas ones) and make the crumbs, dry them and soak in cherry jam. But not any cherry jam. Amarena is the best.

What does amarena cherry taste like?

Amarenas are wild, dark cherries that come directly from Italy and are considered to be a gourmet treat or ingredient. They have a slightly bitter taste, but they are usually preserved in a syrup that is very sweet.

 

What are Amarena cherries used for?

Professionals use Amarena cherries in all sorts of desserts, especially Amarena cherry cake, amongst others, such as more traditional cakes like black forest gateaux or cheesecake. They can also be added to sponge cakes, brownies, mousse, clafouti, crumbles, chocolate cake or blended with cream.

There are many chocolate shops developing their sour cherry chocolate and ice creams. We love such ice creams very much since their bitterness is emphasized instead of sugar so it’s easier to cool during hot days.

Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.

There is always a young and clever guy in Italian pastry shops. At least our stories start with them. Have you noticed that? It brings me back to Panettone from Scratch  and our Toni innamorato.

 

And this pastry also had a  certain wise guy that added some chocolate to pan di Spagnia crumbs, cherry jam, whisked it all together  and sold a cookie for few liras. And, the rest is history….

Nowadays, cherry cookies are not made with leftovers but with finest Pan di Spagna and became typical, original, traditional Neapolitan biscuit. No baking powder, no almond extract, just some hazelnuts. It is all coated in shortcrust dough and glazed before baking.

 

What is Pan di Spagna?

In simple words, it is sponge cake. These biscotti are great to use crushed cookie leftovers, if any. To read more about Pan di Spagna, go here . If you have crushed buiscits, you may use them, as well for the filling of this beautiful Neapolitan cookies. Just, please avoid breadcrumbs!

 

Since holidays are approaching, there are great 6 suggestions on how to use cake leftovers. For details visit Raelfood.tesco.com  .

 

What I love the most is once I crack biscotto is to add some more amarena cherries jam on the top:

Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.

 

During the process, I made photographs of some stages so you see the most important ones:

Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.

 

However, the original link I added at the begining of this post, although written in Italian, shows all the steps precisely.

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Amarena Cherry Biscuits

Amarena Cherry Biscuits made with pan di Spagna, Amarena Cherry Jam and chocolate.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Amarena Cherry Biscuits
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 biscuits

Ingredients

  • Ingredient for short crust pastry:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 8 ½ Tbsp butter,room temperature
  • 7 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ingredients for filling:
  • 2 ¾ cups sponge crumbs
  • 1 cup Amarena cherry jam
  • 3 Tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp bitter cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp ground hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp dark rum
  • Ingredients for glaze:
  • ½ egg white
  • 2 drops fresh lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Cherry jam for the stripes

Instructions

  1. Quickly combine,using your clean hands, a shortcrust pasty and leave in the fridge for 30minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, make the filling. On flat clean surface combine all the filling ingredients and form rectangular log (9 x 3 ½  inches).

  3. Roll out cooled shortcrust pasty to have 10 x 10 inches shape. Place your amarena log in the middle and cover it with shortcrust. Patch if needed.

  4. Preheat oven to180 C / 356 F.

  5. Turn seam side down.

  6. Quickly mix egg white, lemon juice, and powdered sugar in a mug.

  7. Glaze the top of your log with it and make two rows using your grill skewer.

  8. Fill the rows with amarena cherry jam.

  9. Cut your log horizontally, about 1 inch wide to get 10 biscotti ( cookies).

  10. Transfer them on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.

  11. 1.     Serve, once cooled.

 

 

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