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Catalani
Catalani
 
 
They're for the Day of the Dead (Novomber 2): "November 2 is a great holiday for Sicilian children: the Dead take the place of the more Nordic Befana, giving out toys and candies. This custom of joining life and death is common throughout the Southern lands, and especially in Spain, which dominated Sicily for centuries: It comes as no surprise that these sweets are also called Catalani."


Ingredients:
 
2 and 1/4 lbs or about 10 cups (1 kg) Majorca flour
12 ounces (300 grams) almonds, peeled and shredded
2 lbs sugar (1 and 1/8 for the icing)

Directions:
 
Work the flour, almonds and 7/8 lb of sugar into a dough, using just a little water to moisten it.

Use the dough to roll out S-shaped snakes or form balls the size of a walnut.
 
Put them on a greased cookie sheet and bake them until golden at 360 F (180C).

At this point prepare the veil: put the remaining water in a pot with water to barely cover, and simmer it until the syrup begins to thread.

The icing is ready: Dip the cookies in it and return them to the cooling oven to dry.

That's it!
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