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September 29, 2013


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splendidi, un bicchierino di recioto veronese e si può finire una serata nel miglior modo!!


Very thoughtful comments about the book. I enjoyed reading it and certainly, learning from it. That Lebensborn program just seems unbelievable.

Simona Carini

Concordo pienamente, Martissima!

Thank you, Rachel. That's why I wanted to read more about it and it was interesting to read about what happened to the children who survived it.

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures

The Lebensborn program was a surprise to me, too. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and love the look of your cantucci. Che bellissimi!


I love making biscotti especially for the holidays. Can't wait to read you other posts.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Camilla. I am glad you like them :)

Me too, Debra. They make a great gift.


I never considered adding lebküchen spices to other biscuits, let alone cantucci...your idea is marvellous
Going into bookmarks in this right moment ;)
Thank you and have a lovely day :)

diary of a tomato

Beautiful results, especially love the texture of hand-chopped chocolate! I've been told that using baker's ammonia is the Italian secret to crisp biscotti, are you familiar with using it?


Thank you for the recipe! Looking so delish!


I have made biscotti in the past, and now I have the incentive to try your wonderful sounding, (and healthier with the low gluten)spicy version. Good comments on the fight against evil that is ongoing in life - not just somewhere else, in another time.

And, thanks again for sending the book.

Simona Carini

Hi Lou. I hope you like the result.

Ciao Debra. I have used baker's ammonia to make a href="http://www.pulcetta.com/2013/03/reginelle-sesame-cookies.html">reginelle. In Italy, you can find it easily in grocery stores, but here it is hard to come by. I honestly have never used it to make biscotti but now you got me curious and will try.

Ciao Claudia. Let me know if you try making the biscotti. You are welcome. I am glad you had enough time to read the book.


ma dai … ci credi che per colazione in questi giorni sto mangiando dei lebkuchen che mi hanno regalato, le coincidenze con te sono sempre dietro l'angolo ^__^
non conosco queste farine e non so se le troverò, meglio che mi mandi i biscotti ^__________^

Simona Carini

Ciao Martissima. Spedisco da anni i miei biscotti in giro per gli USA e non ho mai avuto problemi. Ma le poste italiane li hanno ridotti in polvere — altrimenti te li manderei volentieri. Prova ad usare qualche altro tipo di farina senza glutine, come quinoa o grano saraceno. O falli con tutta farina di grano, come la mia ricetta originale.


Love biscotti and almond biscotti are always a favourite.

Deb in Hawaii

Wonderful post Simona. I had to go read more on The Lebensborn Program too--it was so horribly evil it amazed me. Your biscotti looks and sounds amazing--I love the spices you worked in with the chocolate and nuts. I would love one or two with a latte right now. ;-)

Simona Carini

Glad to read that, Ivy. Let me know if you try playing with spices.

Hi Deb. What got me really was that it had a rationale, given the premises under which the regime operated. I was pleasantly surprised by the result and now these are the standard snack at our house (my husband just had one :)

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