The Original Almondina Biscuit

Pantry Essentials

I try to always have a few packages of Almondina Biscuits in the Original flavor in my pantry. I've lost count of the times they've rescued me when I've needed a last minute dessert or something to pass with a little cheese and wine before dinner. Almondina biscuits are one of those handy versatile items that can take you from breakfast to dessert, stopping off for afternoon tea and cocktails along the way.

Read on for a few tips on how you can use these delicious, crispy, savory/sweet wafers!

Almondina is a brand name for a selection of wafer thin cookies based on a French/Israeli grandmother's recipe. They come in many flavors these days, but I am partial to the Original which is made with almonds and raisins. Somewhat like a very thin, finely-crumbed biscotti, Almondina can be used in sweet and savory ways. The raisins and a little cane sugar mean that they do have a touch of sweetness but don't let that limit you to dessert-only options!

For breakfast, spread a few Original Almondina cookies with ricotta cheese. If you would like them a little sweeter, drizzle on some honey. If a friend stops over in the afternoon, serve them with tea, either plain or maybe with a little cream cheese. At cocktail time, Almondina is a great addition to a cheese plate. Pair with any number of cheeses including soft creamy goat's cheeses as well as more robust, intense washed rind varieties. As a dessert, they make a nice, simple cookie to serve with Vin Santo as well as a delicious topping when crumbled over ice cream. Trader Joe's even has a recipe for using them as a substitute for lady's fingers when making tiramisu.

• For more information, visit the Almondina website, where you can also order online. $3.09-$3.49 per package. Or try Amazon, where you can get them for about $3.99 per package.

What is your favorite way to use Almondina biscuits?

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(Image: Almondina Brand)

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