Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homemade Italian Biscotti Recipe

Italian Biscotti

Biscotti is one of my favorite treats to bake {and eat} and can made in a wide variety of flavors and varations. Biscotti means "twice baked". Biscotti is not a very sweet treat and is fairly dry. It is meant to be used as a dipping "cookie" into your favorite drink, such as wine, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. Biscotti is surprisingly simple to make. Enjoy!

Ingredients (Makes 2 logs)

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on taste)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Anise extract {Amazon link }
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract {Amazon link}
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt {Amazon link}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder {Amazon link}
  • 4 oz chopped almonds (optional) {Amazon link}
  • Melted Chocolate for decoration (optional)
  • Non-stick silicone baking mat {affiliate link}



Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the sugar and slightly melted butter in a bowl. Add eggs (one at a time) and beat until fluffy. Stir in the Anise and Vanilla extracts.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture along with chopped almonds (if desired). Stir with a spoon until the dough comes together. Knead by hand.

Divide the dough into 2 parts. Roll each piece into a log about 15 inches long. Place log on cookie sheets (2 to a sheet) lined with a silicone baking mat or a baking stone {Amazon link }. Flatten the logs until they are about 3 inches wide with a slight hump down the middle.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until loaves are firm. Cut the loaves into diagonal slices 1/2 inch wide. Cut at about a 45 degree angle. The greater the angle, the greater the length of the biscotti, keep that in mind if you are trying to make them a certain length.

Place the slices onto the cookie sheet or baking stone and return to the oven. Toast one side for about 5 minutes. Turn them over and toast the other side for about 5 minutes as well. Remember Biscotti is supposed to be firm and dry since it will be dunk into liquid before eating. Serve as is or decorate with chocolate. You can drizzle chocolate over the slices or dip half the biscotti slice into melted chocolate as well. Makes for a very nice presentation. Biscotti is a nice gift to give in a jar.


Bridget Davet / Davet Designs

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