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  Categories: Dessert, Cookies, Italian
       Yield: 8 servings
       2 oz Almonds, blanched
       6 oz Almonds, unblanched
       4 c  Unbleached all-purpose flour
   1 3/4 c  Granulated sugar
       3    Extra-large eggs
       1 pn Salt
       1 pn Ground saffron
       1 ts (scant) baking soda
       1    Extra-large egg white
   Preheat the oven to 375F.  Place both the blanched and unblanched
   almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 15
   minutes, until golden brown. Grind 4 ounces of mixed blanched and
   unblanched almonds very fine, then cut the remaining toasted almonds
   into two or three pieces each. Place the flour on a pasta board in a
   mound and make a well in the center. Put the sugar and eggs in the
   well.  Mix the sugar and eggs together well, then add the salt,
   saffron, and baking soda.  Mix thoroughly and when all the
   ingredients in the well are well integrated, incorporate the flour
   little by little, until all but about 2 tablespoons is incorporated.
   Set the leftover flour aside. Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes,
   then add the very finely ground almonds and the almond pieces. Knead
   for 2 to 3 minutes more, incorporating the remaining flour. Divide
   the dough into 8 pieces.  With your hands, shape each piece into a
   long, thin roll about 3/4 inch in diameter, then place, widely apart
   on a buttered and floured cookie sheet.  Beat the egg white slightly
   in a small bowl and lightly coat the tops of the 8 rolls with it,
   using a pastry brush, then put the baking sheet into the preheated
   oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oven (they will
   expand in size sideways) and cut them with a long slicing knife at a
   45-degree angle every 3/4 inch to get the shape required for this
   type of little cookie, or biscotti. Place the biscotti back in the
   oven, this time at 275F, for 35 to 45 minutes. They will be very dry.
   NOTE: These cookies are much better eaten after 2 or 3 days, when
   they have softened a little; keep them in a paper bag.  If you wish
   to keep them indefinitely, transfer after a week to a jar or can.
   Serves 8 to 10.