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Catholic Recipe: Almond Slices


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cup flour
  • 2 cups almonds, whole, finely chopped, or 4 cups almonds, ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Details

  • Serves: 10
  • Yield: 50 slices
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Italy

Also Called: Paletta di Mandorla

This recipe from the Umbria region of Italy is served on the feast day of St. Francis. It is supposedly one of the few foods that St. Francis let himself really enjoyed. The recipe, according to tradition, originated with St. Clare. This is the tradition of a biscotti, a twice-baked sweetened bread.


Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Add the other ingredients and knead until smooth. Form 2 rolls about 1 inch (3 cm) diameter.

Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

When cool, cut into slices 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick, and toast in the oven for 3 minutes.

Recipe Source: Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf, Ignatius Press, 2001
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