14 Jan

You know how when you get home after a long day of pruning rose bushes, talking to squirrels, narrowly avoiding yet another roundabout catastrophe, ogling old churches, and wondering yet again why British women keep forgetting to put on all their clothes in the morning — and you think to yourself, “Boy, I could really go for some home-made biscotti right now.”  Yeah?  No?  Just me?  Well, good thing I took some photos, then.

Simple traditional biscotti
2 1/4 C flour
1 C sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
2 egg whites + 2 eggs
1 t vanilla or almond extract
3/4 C almonds
1 C cranberries

It all starts with the flour.  Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl:

Next mix together the eggs and vanilla extract:

Then put the wet and dry ingredients together.  All the moisture in your biscotti will come from the eggs — no butter, no oil, no milk, no water!

Next add in your nuts and fruits — you can put in just about anything.  I used almonds and a mix of dried cranberries and apricots:

Mix it all together and divide in half.  Arrange each half on a cookie sheet, in about a 12 inch long ‘log’ about an inch and a half thick.  It looks kind of … unappealing at this stage.  But it gets better.

Pop it in to your preheated 325 over for about 30 minutes.  Then pull them out to cool on a wire rack.

Once cooled, slice:

And put those slices back on the trays to bake for about another 20 minutes in a 300 degree oven.

Then pull them out to cool:

And get your coffee ready!

There’s a lot of down time when making biscotti — all that ‘in to the oven-out of the over to cool-in to the oven-out once again to cool’ — so I recommend using that warm oven to make some batches of cookies, too.  And if your mp3 player happens to get plugged in and starts shuffling dance music, a whisk makes an excellent microphone.  Enjoy!


5 Responses to “Bee-bop-biscotti”

  1. Sarah January 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    This post is oh-so-inspiring, but alas, I am still too lazy today. lol!

  2. Zazzy January 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I love biscotti and I keep thinking I should make some. This recipe might do the trick!

    • Monique January 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      It’s so easy. I keep forgetting how simple biscotti is to make, then I make some and think “I’ll do this every weekend” and then it’s another year before I make it again. 😛


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