2 ¾ cups flour (less flour when humidity level is high)
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon whole anise seed
7 ounces whole almonds (approx. 1 ½ cup)
pinch of salt
¾ cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Heat oven to 300.
Using the paddle attachment of a Kitchen Aid, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, zest of two oranges and anise seed.
In separate bowl, mix eggs and vanilla. Add to flour mixture. Beat until just mixed. DO NOT OVER MIX. Add almonds and chocolate.
Finish mixing. Dough should pull away from sides of bowl. Add flour if stuck to bowl.
Divide into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a 3 inch diameter, 8-inch long log. Put logs on baking sheet or stone lined with parchment paper. Bake until lightly golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Using a serrated knife, cut on angle into ½ inch pieces. (Dip knife in hot water if sticky.) Put back on parchment paper separated by 1-2 inches.
Bake at 275 about 35-40 minutes until dry. .
Compliments of Chris Manion