Also known as Biscotti di Prato (Prato biscuits), Cantuccini con vin santo is a traditional Tuscan dessert. “Vin santo” literally means “holy wine” and this is why we always serve these almond biscuits with a glass of white wine.
Biscotti di Prato are named after the city of Prato (near Florence) because the oldest records of cantuccini are kept there, and a pastry baker of Prato won prizes with them in the 19th century. The word “cantuccini” refers to the shape of the biscotti and means “little angles”.
These delicious cantuccini are made with flour, almonds, sugar, butter and eggs.
Vin Santo or Vino Santo (holy wine) is a style of Italian dessert wine. Traditional in Tuscany, these wines are often made from white grape varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia.
Since the biscuits are hard, before eating them you have to dip them in the sweet dessert wine. Needless to say, they, too, are delicious!