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Tis the Season for Baking Biscotti

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Bicotti

Bicotti

Well, another holiday season came and went. As with the past 3 years, the office Christmas party season saw me bake biscotti for my fellow unsuspecting cube dwellers.

This year’s tweak:
I honey roasted the almonds and substituted the vanilla extract with Grand Marnier. I figured the boost of orange would set off the sweetened almonds. Happily the small amount of added alcohol didn’t wreak havoc with the acid/base balance of the recipe.

This biscotti recipe is ridiculously easy. It uses a cake-based batter that is baked twice. The batter is first baked into log like shapes and then sliced into long finger-like cookies. The finger-like cookies are then toasted and dried.

first bake

first bake

second bake

second bake

Recipe:
Wet Stuff

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (aka 1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or Grand Marnier)

Dry Stuff

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt (approximately 1/4 tsp)
  • zest of 1 orange (none of that white pithy stuff please)

Crunchy Stuff that makes biscotti the wonderful confection it is :)

  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped almonds (I usually only halve mine)

Prep

  • Soften the stick of butter at room temperature. Do NOT let it melt or the batter will run when it is baked
  • Roast the almonds in the oven until golden. If you are very enterprising, drizzle with honey before roasting
  • Cover a half sheet pan with a single layer of parchment paper. Alternatively, a large cookie sheet will work as well
  • Zest one orange. You should produce approximately 1.5-2 tbsp of zest.

I usually cheat and place my butter on a plate on the oven after roasting the almonds. The residual heat softens the butter pretty quickly.

Method

  1. Pre-heat an oven to 375°F. (Please use an oven thermometer. You really can’t trust an oven.)
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl that is large enough to hold all the ingredients. Successful creaming will result in an overall lightening of the colour of the butter.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, blending thoroughly after each. The mixture will moisten significantly
  4. Add the selected flavouring (vanilla or Grand Marnier) and orange zest
  5. Sift together all the dry ingredients onto a flexible cutting mat
  6. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients gradually, mixing carefully
  7. Mix in chopped almonds
  8. Spread in two loaf-like shapes (logs) onto the half sheet pan. Don’t spread too close to the edge. The batter will spread somewhat. The logs should be 4 inches wide, a little more than 1 inch high, and 8-10 inches long
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and delicious
  10. Remove logs from the half sheet pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack
  11. Cut into 1 inch slices using a serrated knife
  12. Re-heat oven to 375°F
  13. Arrange slices back onto the half sheet pan, allowing for space between
  14. Bake slices another 5 minutes to toast
  15. Remove slices from the half sheet pan and place onto wired racks. Let dry completely before storing or serving
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