The Slow Travel Sunday Bakers, with their fabulous lemon cookie posts yesterday, have started me off on a serious cookie craving. Their Lemon Semolina Cookies (biscotti di limone e semolino) look so fantastic that I have resolved to try that recipe as soon as possible.
But their images also made me terribly hungry for my favourite Italian cookies, the Macine biscotti produced by Mulino Bianco.
These are a simple little cookie, something a bit like a shortbread only slightly less rich. But I won't hold that against them. These cookies are still fantastico. And they are often served at breakfast. To my mind, THAT is the mark of a civilized country, to recognize that cookies are really one of the four main food groups and have an important place in a nutritious breakfast (along with espresso, yogurt and prosciutto.)
Anyway, I searched everywhere in Ottawa to find this brand and at my last hope, the excellent Italian supermercato Nicastro's, the manager told me that the Mulino Bianco company does not export; its products cannot be bought outside of Italy. This may or may not be true. But I've decided that maybe it's for the best. If I could eat these cookies whenever I wanted, they'd soon become ordinary. And I'd become much fatter.
So like good gelato, limoncello and pecorino, I'll have to save the Macine as a particular treat to be savoured in Italy.