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Friday, November 15, 2013

Food I Ate Friday - Almond Biscotti

There is something about biscotti to me...  Maybe it reminds me of my time in Italy, maybe it is my fascination with different kinds of baking, but whatever it is, they make me happy and I love them in a unique way.  I cannot have them without a cup of tea or coffee to dunk in, and my preference is black tea with milk and a hint of sugar.  

As usual, I did not make up the recipe this week.  I found it on Pinterest, and the pin led me to the Hungry Brownie Blog.    If you are foodie, I encourage you to explore the rest of the blog.  There are definitely a few more recipes I want to try on there!  The photo and the recipe both belong to the blog referenced above... I really need to start focusing on the pictures I am taking!


Almond Biscotti

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (or 1/2 teaspoon amaretto)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon anise extract (optional)
1 cup of almonds, toasted and chopped, but not too fine 

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheet with parchment paper

2) Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Whisk together eggs, extracts and vanilla until well blended.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine.

3) Scrape out the dough onto parchment paper and form into a long flat loaf, about 10 inches by 5 inches.

4) Bake until firm and dry, about 20 to 30 minutes (I actually ended up baking it for 40 to make sure the center was cooked through).  

5) Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. 

6) Using a serrated knife, slice into 1/2 inch wide slices.  Lay the slices cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Turn the slices over and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

7) Cool biscotti on a rack.  Cool completely before serving.  

*Refer to the Hungry Brownie Blog linked above for additional tips and information!


Have a lovely weekend friends :)  Eat well!



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