Saturday, March 6, 2010

Making Almond Biscotti

I decided to make biscotti today. Biscotti has a crunchy texture, and it need to be baked twice in the oven. It goes nicely with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Rolling the sticky dough into a logs

Slicing the biscotti after the first baked, need to bake again after cutting

The Biscotti are ready to serve with a cup hot tea or coffee

Almond Biscotti

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
21/2 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp butter, softened
21/2 eggs beaten with 1 Tbsp vanilla extract ( the other 1/2 egg use for glazing )
2 cups baked whole almonds (skins still on)
Egg wash ( 1/2 egg mixed with a little water )

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

Mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soft butter, and baked almonds in a large bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla extract in a small bowl until well blended. Add egg mixture slowly to the flour mixture until it forms into a sticky dough. You can mix them either with an electric mixer or by hand.

Take the sticky dough out and divide it into 3 pieces, rolling each into a log, flattened just a bit, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with egg wash.

Bake in a preheated 175 degree C oven until firm, but not too hard. Mine took about 30 minutes to bake.

Remove from oven and let rest for several minutes, slice on the diagonal with a bread knife.

Place slices onto the baking sheets; place in the still warm oven with the temperature off and the oven door closed for 30-60 minutes. The longer it stays in the oven, the harder it will become. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. Stored properly, biscotti can last up to a month.

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