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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Biscotti

Ever since tasting a biscotti sample at the grocery store before Christmas, I've been on a biscotti kick. Last week I finally decided to make some. It was my first time and they came out super good. Next time I want to make a copy-cat version of the ones I tasted at the store (chocolate chunk and pistachio).

I used this recipe as a guide, but modified it by adding orange zest, almonds, and chocolate chips, and swapping out half the sugar for maple syrup.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange or mandarin zest
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 375F. Beat wet ingredients plus zest in large bowl. Mix flour and powder in a small bowl, then stir into wet ingredients. Mix in almonds and chocolate chips. Scoop out half the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicon sheets. Oil your hands and shape dough into a rope shape the length of the pan. Pat down to 1/2" thick. It will be about 4" wide, depending on your pan length. Repeat on a second pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until slightly browned. Cool on racks until you can handle them. Cut with a pizza cutter into 1/2" thick slices. Return to pans, cut side up and bake for 6-10 minutes. Flip over to other cut side for another 6-10 minutes. They should cool to be crispy, perfect for dunking in coffee, milk, or cocoa. 


The recipe made two giant cookies.

I used a pizza cutter to slice them while still warm.

After the second baking I let them cool a bit...

...and then made a silly face instead. 
I brought them to the office so folks can munch on them with an afternoon coffee now that we have a Keurig maker. One of the guys said, "How DARE you bring those in here? Ooooh that's dangerous, girl." I laughed and pointed out that he didn't have to open the tin, he could have just walked on by. He said, "I have to tell you, those are the third best biscotti I've ever had...no wait, those are the three best biscotti I've ever had. I ate three already this morning!" What a nice compliment!

2 comments:

Leah Roy said...

YUM! I've only made biscotti once and it was when Kyle and I were engaged. But man were they tasty! Maybe I'll make some again soon :)

Ms. said...

I'm totally going to try your recipe. I have been wanting to make some too but. alas I will eat a whole batch!