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St. Clare’s Recipe for Paletta Di Mandorla: Almond...

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

St. Francis’s Favorite Treat

This Recipe hails from the Umbria region of Italy and is traditionally served on the feast day of St. Francis. Supposedly, this is one of the few foods St. Francis really let himself enjoy.  It is said that the recipe originated with St. Clare but we have our traveler Viola to thank for sharing it with us, along with her inspiring tales from touring Umbria (and beyond). Don’t miss out on these delicious treats Viola baked to celebrate St. Francis’s feast day .


  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 c. flour
  • 2 c. almonds: whole, finely chopped, or 4 c. ground
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Add the other ingredients and knead until smooth. Form 2 rolls about 1 inch (3cm) diameter.
  2. Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven 375 F for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  3. When cool, cut into slices 3/4 in thick, and toast in oven for 3 min.

Makes about 50 slices.

St. Francis Almond Slice


Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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