Caramel Almond Bites
Croccantini di Mandorle
Caramel almond bites are brittle caramelized almonds arranged on a bed of shortcrust pastry, which makes it just a little less sweet and hard than the traditional croccante alle mandorle.
Many Italian regions and towns have their own traditional version of croccante alle mandorle, a type of confectionary normally made from only two ingredients, ie. sugar and almonds. However, a great many variations can be found as regards the type of nuts and the addition of honey and spice. This version is inspired by a visit to Sciacca in Sicily. It is more brittle than the luxurious almond tart and Tosca cake, although there are similarities. And the bite sized cakes are perfect finger food for Italian buffets and parties.
Try also to make salted caramel almond bites by replacing the lemon zest in the caramel filling with ½ tsp of salt.