Easter Sunday sweets- Biscotti

Posted on: April 12th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Ok maybe a sweet treats recipe is not such a good idea for this Easter Sunday. Seeing as there have probably been more than enough sweets consumed in the last few days to last you the rest of the month… Still, it’s Sunday, and there is no chocolate in this house so we still need some treats, how about a recipe that is not too sweet and can be eaten slowly, lasting a while so as not to overindulge? This is Beans’ Mums recipe for biscotti which is the best. Really crunchy is the aim, so pay attention to your baking times and you’ll have coffee and a treat in to time!

  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 c slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 c flour
  • (try adding dried cherries, pistachios, cocoa, chocolate chunks, white chocolate, peppermint essence, ginger or anise if you like, there are tons of variations possible.)

biscotti

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF)

Whisk the flour baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. In another bowl whisk the 2 eggs and sugar together until pale in colour. Add the vanilla, orange zest and slivered almonds mixing in gently. Then add the flour mixture slowly, being careful not to over-mix.

Split the batter into 2 balls onto parchment paper and form into 2 loaves by hand (wet fingers slightly to stop sticking) about 5 cm x 25 cm (2 in x 10 in). Bake for 40 minutes but rotate the pan halfway. The loaves should start to crack.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then using a serrated knife, cut into 1.5 cm (3/8 in) thick diagonal slices. (The interior of the biscotti should be slightly moist, while the exterior is hard).

Place the biscotti sliced side down on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes then flip them and bake for another 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Do not allow the pieces to touch if you can help it, they may get soggy or soft. Also don’t store them until they are completely cool, you can leave them out a while, because you really want these crunchy with your coffee!

It is really popular to dip the biscotti half into melted chocolate and let cool. This looks lovely and adds a little something extra to enjoy! Biscotti make great gifts.

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