Christmas Torciglione from Umbria.



For 1 Batch(es)

For the Torciglione:

  • 1 pound ground almonds
  • 4 tablespoons ground bitter almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 egg yolk
  • almonds for decorating
  • 2 whole coffee beans


  1. Beat the egg whites.
  2. Quickly mix the ground almonds with the sugar, the brandy, the egg whites and the flour to obtain a rather firm dough.
  3. Roll the dough by hand to form a stick about 1 1/2" thick.
  4. Shape one end in the form of a pointed snake tail and the other end in the form the head.
  5. Beat the egg yolk and brush it over the entire body of the snake.
  6. Place the whole almonds with the peel over the entire body to simulate scales.
  7. Place the two coffee beans on the head to simulate the eyes and an almond in the mouth to simulate the tongue.
  8. Place the entire dough on a flat baking sheet in a curled shape.
  9. Bake at 350F for 30 Mins.




Thursday, 08 September 2016
I love almonds. And it looks good too. - Anna Engdahl