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Torta Fregolotti

Torta Fregolotti Recipe

Makes about 24

Ingredients

1 cup blanched almonds, ground

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons firm butter, cut into pieces

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon brandy or water

Method

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a mixing bowl, stir together almonds, flour, sugar,
salt, and
lemon peel.
With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with lemon juice and brandy and mix lightly with a fork
until
blended. Mixture should be crumbly.
Spread mixture in a greased and flour-dusted
12-inch pizza pan or a 9 by 13-inch baking pan; do not press into pan.
Bake
for 50 to 60
minutes or until browned.
Let cool completely in pan on a rack. When cookie
is cooled,
wrap well (either in or out of pan) and let stand for at least a day. To serve,
break into
chunks. Store airtight.
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