Grana Padano and hazelnut cantuccini

Grana Padano and hazelnut cantuccini
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 5 minutes to make and about 30 minutes to bake

These crunchy Italian biscotti are sweet and nutty but with a savoury edge from a touch of grated parmesan. Perfect for transitioning from savoury to sweet treats at afternoon tea.

Or, serve these apricot and pistachio cantuccini after dinner with coffee.




  • 100g plain flour
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • ¼tsp baking powder
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 25g Grana Padano, grated
  • 25g shelled pistachio nuts
  • 50g whole unblanched hazelnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan180C/gas 6. Put the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and stir in the egg, vanilla, rosemary, Grana Padano cheese and nuts to make a soft dough.
  2. Shape into a long oval and bake on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Using a serrated knife, cut it diagonally into 1cm thick slices. Arrange on the baking sheet, cut side up, and return to the oven for 5-8 minutes, until crisp and golden. Cool, then serve.


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