Italian Red Wine Biscuits

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There is a wonderful food store across the street from where I live that sells bags of very addictive  Italian Red Wine Biscuits.  They are much smaller and thinner than when I make them,  but eating one just leads to you reaching for another and before you know it, you’ve eaten half the bag! Sound familiar?  It’s recommended to make these when you have red wine left sitting in a bottle…. But seriously… WHEN does that ever happen? So, pour yourself a glass too, and enjoy some wine as you make these because you might have to open a bottle especially for this recipe.  They have few ingredients, and are very quick and easy to make.  They are light and crunchy and are perfect with a cup of tea… or coffee…. for breakfast…. after lunch…. for afternoon tea….. or after dinner!

Italian Red Wine Biscuits

  • 500g plain flour
  • 125ml olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • 150ml red wine
  • 160g caster sugar + extra for sprinkling on biscuits
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sambuca

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  1. Add red wine, sugar, olive oil, salt, sambuca and baking soda to the bowl of your electric mixer and mix until combined.
  2. Slowly incorporate the flour and mix until you have a smooth dough, that comes together in the bowl. Tip dough onto a board, knead to a ball and cover in plastic kitchen wrap.  Put aside to rest for an hour at room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven at 180°C.
  4. Take a piece of dough, and roll it out to long sausage like lengths. (The diameter of these is your personal choice).  Cut at regular intervals and join the ends to make a ring.
  5. Dip one side of the rings of dough into a bowl of caster sugar and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack or directly on baking tray.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.

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These are the little skinny versions from Anzio that are sold at the International food store CASTRONI.  This shop is located across the road from where I live!