Lior Rudaeff’s Almond and hazelnut biscotti cookies


½ 2 cups (350 grams) plain white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 L size eggs
2 yolks from L eggs
1 cup (200 grams) of white sugar
A teaspoon of high-quality vanilla extract/purée
2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur/or Amaretto liqueur
1/2 1 cups (150 grams) whole hazelnuts (can be blanched or with the peel)
1/2 1 cups (150 grams) whole almonds (can be blanched or with the peel)


Heat the oven to 180 degrees. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in almonds and hazelnuts and mix.

In a separate bowl, beat whole eggs, sugar and yolks with the vanilla, until the mixture is slightly swollen. Add coffee liqueur and whisk again.

Combine with the dry mixture, and mix only until a uniform dough is obtained, the dough is sticky and it’s perfectly fine.

Divide the dough into three parts, shape each part into a long sausage with slightly wet hands. Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the dough sausages are firm.

Remove from the oven and cool the rolls completely. When the dough rolls have stabilized, heat the oven to 140 degrees, and slice the rolls into slices as thin as possible (best with a bread knife). Place the cookie slices lying on the oven tray close to each other (there is no need to keep spaces, the cookies do not grow). Bake again in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until they are completely dry. Cool completely! And only then, serve.

Keep the cookies in an airtight container.

Recipe courtesy of the Keren Agam

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Lior Rudaeff (61)

Lior Rudaeff was born on 7/19/1962 in Argentina, son of the late Eugenia and Giora and brother of Idit and Doron. When he was seven years old, his family immigrated to Israel and moved to live in Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak. Lior integrated quickly and became a diligent and valuable kibbutznik. Lior is a man of action. Since childhood, he likes to invest his time in work. In the kibbutz, he worked in the field crops and as a truck driver, but his heart was and remains in the garage. Lior is a mechanic at heart, along with that he taught generations of girls and boys from all over the area how to drive a tractor.

In 1985, he married his heart's choice - Yafa, together they built a magnificent house. Lipa and Lior have four children, Noam, Nadav, Bar and Ben. In 2016, Tomer, the son of Noam and Aviram, was born, about two years later the grandson Dagan also joined. Lior is an exemplary grandfather, dedicated and funny, he is connected to his grandchildren and they are in a strong connection to him. And recently a cute granddaughter joined the family, Shay.

More than anything else, Lior is known and recognized as an eternal volunteer. For years, Lior has been volunteering as a paramedic at the MDA and as the legendary Nir Yitzhak ambulance driver. He is the first to arrive at emergency situations, treating and handling every situation with professionalism and composure. About two years ago, Lior had a serious cardiac event and even in that circumstance he controlled the situation and thus his life was saved.

On Saturday 7/10/2023, Lior was kidnapped to Gaza, since then there has been no sign of him. On the day of the abduction, Yafa was alone for 14.5 hours in the safe room while Ben, their youngest son, managed with great resourcefulness to escape from the 'Nova' festival in Re'im. Lior's absence is felt more every day; Lior is a person who always helps others, always gives and gives of himself for the common good. With each passing day, the concern and anxiety for his safety and fate grows and intensifies. His family is working and fighting for his immediate release. Lior is greatly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren, his brothers and sisters, his elderly father and the entire community of Nir Yitzhak! We call for the release of Lior and the release of all the abductees held captive by Hamas! We have to bring Lior and all 134 of our abductees home now!

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