Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Delicious Dunks for Your Coffee

I made a batch of biscotti that turned out quite tasty. They are simple to make--- and much cheaper to bake yourself than to purchase at the store or a bakery! Actually, I am finding out just how much cheaper it is to make just about everything yourself and it's so much more rewarding knowing when you bite into said baked good...that YOU made it with your own hands. Hooray!!

Almond Biscotti

Adapted from Bon Appetit, December 1999

They’re supposed to make 3 dozen, but my batch yielded at least 45. Also, I dipped the bottoms of these in melted semi-sweet chocolate for an added zing...

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped or sliced almonds

1 large egg white

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract, orange liquer and zest in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.

Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.

Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool.

Do ahead: Can be prepared one week ahead, though mine have kept even longer. Store in airtight container at room temperature. 

1 comment:

  1. I so agree! I am having a ball making EVERYTHING from scratch and having it be affordable in a time of no work and skimpy bank accounts! You go girl!