Castells de Falset

Hazelnut Shortbread

Preparation info

  • Makes

    24

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

MoVida Rustica

By Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

Published 2009

  • About

I BOUGHT A PACKET OF THESE CASTLE-SHAPED BISCUITS AS A PRETEXT TO WATCH HOW THE LOCALS IN THE TOWN OF FALSET BOUGHT THEIR WINE IN BULK. POLISHED BRASS TAPS JUTTED FROM THE TILED BACK WALL OF THE COOPERATIVE. A CUSTOMER WOULD BRING IN A PLASTIC 4 LITRE (140 FL OZ/16 CUP) BOTTLE AND THE SHOPKEEPER WOULD FILL IT WITH QUITE GOOD-QUALITY BULK WINE FOR AROUND 8 EUROS. IT WAS MORE GAS STATION THAN BOTTLESHOP, BUT WITH A WONDERFUL CONVERSATIONAL AIR. THE CASTELLS I NIBBLED ON WERE ALSO REMARKABLY GOOD-EXCELLENT IN FACT. THESE SHORTBREADS MAKE THE MOST OF THE WONDERFUL HAZELNUTS THAT GROW IN THE REGION. I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A CASTLE-SHAPED BISCUIT (COOKIE) CUTTER, SO I MADE A TEMPLATE OUT OF CARDBOARD AND CUT AROUND IT.