BACI DI ALASSIO

Baci di Alassio

My Regional Italian recipe series is back after the holiday break.  This week’s recipe takes us to Liguria once again.  This time, I am going to take you to the little town of Alassio, near Savona in the western area of the region.  This little town is very popular for its beautiful sea and is visited by many tourists each year.  One of the best known dish of the area are these cookies, called Baci di Alassio (“kisses from Alassio”) because 2 “half cookies” kiss eachother… with chocolate!  They are a little less famous than their Piedmontese cousins Baci di Dama and even though I must admit that Baci di Dama are and will always be my favourite cookies, these are really yummy too!  Baci di Alassio are made with hazelnut meal (just like Baci di Dama), but their dough is much softer as it contains egg white and no butter.  That is why you will need a piping bag to pipe them into shape and they will need to “rest” overnight before being baked (they remind me so much of their “other cousins”, the French macarons!).  They are also quite soft and chewy after being baked… so if you like chewy cookies… these are perfect for you!  Enjoy and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $50 or a $25 Amazon.com gift card!

 

Recipe adapted from Sac à poche (the cookies) and Giallo Zafferano (the ganache)

Ingredients (makes about 25):
250 gms – 1 cup Hazelnut meal
230 gms – 8.1 oz. sugar
1 tbsp honey
35 gms – ¼ cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
150 gms – 5.3 oz. egg whites

150 gms – 5.3 oz. dark chocolate
100 gms – 3.5 oz. heavy cream (for whipping)

Put the hazelnut meal, sugar, honey, cocoa powder and egg white in a mixer and blend until well combined.

Pipe this mixture with a piping bag on cookie sheets covered with baking paper (I used a decorative nozzle).  Let them rest at room temperature overnight, then bake them in a preheated fan forced oven at 190°C – 375ºF for about 6-7 minutes.  When ready, let them cool down completely on the cookie sheets before trying to detach them or they will break.

Now you can make your whipped chocolate ganache.  Put the cream in a little pot and heat it up until almost boiling.  Pour it on top of the roughly chopped chocolate and let it rest, without stirring, for 5 to 10 minutes.  Now mix it with a spoon and then whip it with an electric hand mixer for 5 minutes.

Pipe the whipped chocolate ganache on half of the baci and put the remaining baci on the top, like a sandwich.

Put them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Baci di Alassio

Baci di Alassio

Baci di Alassio

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21 Responses to BACI DI ALASSIO

  1. Indulgence just in time for he weekend….lovely presentation too in that tall glass!

  2. These look soooo good! What a sweet name too :-) Great post, Manu, I love your regional series!

  3. Kiri W. says:

    I love all sorts of baci! These are my favorite treats when I go to Italy, I can never resist them :) Wonderful recipe, I’ll have to bookmark this one for a special occasion.

  4. Manu, these are so cute. Love the name. I could kiss a plate of these with a good cup of coffee right now!

    Have a great weekend my friend!

  5. Maureen says:

    I’ve never had a baci of any sort but these look so good. What a lovely treat!

  6. I was actually licking my lips while I was reading your post, Manu. This is a beautiful and very flavourful cookie that I must try for Valentine’s day (much love celebration on February 14 in North America). Now I have to figure out who to make them for…they just can’t stay in my house…too dangerous.

  7. These look amazing…what a delectable treat!

  8. These are so adorable looking… at first glance, they looked like walnuts (with their shells on!) coated in chocolate… and I was wondering – how do we eat that! I’m glad I was wrong :D LOL… These cookies look and sound super decadent, and would be a great treat! Thanks for sharing :D

  9. mjskit says:

    I’ve seen a lot of use of hazelnut and now hazelnut meal lately and every recipe sounds delicious. These cookies – hard to beat!

  10. Manu, I love your creation here..Great recipe and stunning photos! Congrats on well deserved top 9!

  11. Manu, sending baci your way to say bravo on Top9 – no wonder: these photos are absolutely fabulous!

  12. OMG OMG OMG these are the best cookies! I love Baci chocolate and i think these are so nice :) Congrats for being top 9!

  13. PolaM says:

    I didn’t know this version of baci. They look delicious!

  14. This post is so elegant that I almost feel bad for reading it in my polar fleece pyjamas.

  15. I actually am more of a Baci di Alassio fan than of Baci di Dama…I mean look at all that chocolate. Fabulous.

  16. The cookies look like a nut, look very beautiful, so I think should taste great.
    Question, we don’t have hazelnut here, can I use pecans or almonds?

  17. AdriBarr says:

    Hello, This is my first visit to your very wonderful site. My, but have I ever got a lot to catch up on! Congratulations on gorgeous, tempting and inspiring work. Brava!

  18. dk says:

    I pinned this recipe for later. :)

    But I have two questions:
    What’s an estimate for the number of eggs that are used?

    The recipe calls for the mixture to rest overnight. Can the mixture rest longer? Perhaps in the refrigerator? I would probably start the dough one evening and bake it the next evening.

    Thank you!

    • Manu says:

      Hi!

      You will need approximately 5 medium eggs, but it does depend on how big they really are. You still need to weigh the whites (sometimes the yolks are bigger and weigh more etc.). If the whites are less, then the dough will be too hard to pipe and if they are more, then the dough will be too liquid and it won’t retain its shape. :-) If you don’t have a scale, maybe add the eggs white one by one and compare the dough with the one of the picture. I can’t guarantee the results, but it may work! :-)

      I think the mixture can rest longer (outside the fridge unless it is very hot), but I have never tried it. :-)

      Let me know how it goes!

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