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Biscotti con Gattoli e Noce (Biscotti with dates and walnuts)
Originated from: Cattolica Eraclea, Agringento, Sicily
Occasion: Special times
Contributed by: Maria Mascarella's daughter, Carmela

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5 eggs
2 cups walnuts, cut
1 pound "gattola," cut [Dates]*
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Magic baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour

Original Italian-Sicilian text:
Biscotti con gattoli e noce
5 uova
2 tazzi noce spezati
1 libra di gattoli spezati
Mezza tazzo zuchero
2 ucchiuerii magichi
1 cucchiani vanillo
3 tazzi farnina


o Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

o Mix ingredients and work into a biscotti-style dough.

o Divide the dough into 2 portions.

o Shape into logs.

o Place logs on a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper.

o Place on middle rack and bake until ready.

o Cut into slices -- about 1/2 inch thick.

Original Italian-Sicilian text:

"Forno 350.

Si dertona fare lunchi e dopo cotti si tagliano."


As I couldn't find the word, "gattoli," in any Italian-English dictionary, and as I couldn't get in touch with the contributor of the recipe whom I had briefly met at a nursing home where my late father was residing, I assumed the Sicilian word meant hazelnuts, but I was recently informed by a visitor to this site that the word should be translated as dates. Photo: Mary Melfi.

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