Sunday, January 11, 2009

Biscotti

Guess what I made this weekend? Biscotti! I had never made it before and it was alot easier than I thought it would be. The great thing about Biscotti is that they last quite a while. They go great with tea or cappuchino.




Below is what they looked like after the first baking....



And here after the second baking


Here is the recipe I used. I did make one substitution. This calls for Anise and I didn't have any so I used almond extract in its place.




3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons aniseed, ground
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
1 large egg white


Preparation
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract and ground aniseed in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds.


Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.


Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.


Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)


Welcome Home,

Penny

39 comments:

Shellmo said...

Biscotti is one of my favorite treats! Thank you for sharing this recipe - (I'm not sure mine will turn out as nice as yours! But I'll give it a try!)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yum Penny.... It's bedtime and you have made me hungry!!!!! BUT--I'll be 'good' and go to bed...Sigh!
Hugs,
Betsy

glorv1 said...

Oh I love biscotti and I will also try to make this. Thx for sharing. Yours look really good. Thx for sharing.

TattingChic said...

They look delightful! Thanks for sharing how to make them.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Wow Penny, I am impressed! Thanks for the recipe! I love my Biscotti with hot chocolate...Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Maryjane

Mimi Sue said...

They look delish. Mimi

LW said...

Biscotti is the best and yours looks so good.....

I will have to try this someday....

thanks,
Louise

Kathleen Grace said...

This looks so delicious! I have a orange/walnut biscotti recipe that I drizzle with chocolate that I love to make. I think the home made is so much more tender and less dry too. It really is easy!

Stacey said...

Looks delicious! I've never tried to make them either. They look very tempting.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

They look yummy. I love how you have them contained.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Penny, those look delish! Good for you for trying them out. Thanks for stopping by to see me, I've been on the run lately & am far behind in blog visits.

Lavender Dreamer said...

Oh my! I am so thrilled to have a recipe and see your wonderful results! I love to bake bread but I've never tried Biscotti either! Sounds delicious and perfect for those second cups of coffee we are having in this cold weather! Thanks! I'll be right over! heehee!

see you there! said...

I haven't made biscotti in ages. I think I'll try your recipe. I have aniseed and since we like the flavor of anise I may just toss the whole seeds in instead of grinding them.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Darla

Suzy said...

That looks easy and yummy.

Hope you are doing great?!

Suzy

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Yumm! There's nothing like some biscotti with coffee. Thanks for the recipe. We love chocolate dipped biscotti so I'll file this away to try one day.

Manuela

Donna said...

Penny, your biscotti looks so good! I love biscotti and always have it on hand, however, I never made any! Maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

Hugs,
Donna

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oooh, I love biscotti. I used to buy it in Little Italy in NYC when I lived there. I love dunking in my coffee. This is so cool, and I have all of those ingredients in the house. Thank you Penny, you are always full of surprises.

Karen

bj said...

Oh, I love biscotti...never have tried to make it, tho. I will now and ...thanks for the recipe.
xo bj

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
I've never made biscotti either. Maybe I'll try it. I love to dip them in a cup of tea.
Hope you have a good day. The sun is shining here and it's a lovely day.
Hugs, Rhondi

Sue said...

Good for you....I love biscotti...I have a wonderful recipe for ones with anise and mini chocolate chips, if that's appealing to you I'll send you the recipe....They are very tasty..

Charli and me said...

I love biscotti. I like to dip it in my coffee. Thank you for this recipe.

Belinda said...

Hi Penny! The biscotti look like they turned out great! They look like the real deal to me, and I like the sound of almond extract better than anise to be honest...yum! :-)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks good, Penny. I've always wondered if it was difficult to make this. I'll pass this along to my daughter...our resident/family baker.

Carey said...

I love biscotti. Ive never made it, but thought of doing it. I just might have to try your recipe. Looks delicious.

Lorri said...

Yum, they look wonderful. I will have to make some. thanks for posting the recipe.
Lorri

bj said...

Oh, me, too, Penny...I loved Dean Martin so much. He had so many talents and was just plain downright CUTE !!
P.S. I am so loving my apron. Thank you again, sweet friend...

Lynda ~ Among the Hedgerows said...

They look delicious, Penny!

xo,
Lynda

Beverly said...

We used to have a neighbor that made this, and shared! I sure wish he still lived here.

BailiwickDesigns said...

mmmm! That sounds like something to try! Thanks for sharing! ::Jill

Elyse said...

they came out wonderfully!

bj said...

Thanks for coming by to look at the little mini-makeover of my utility closet..I actually am pretty happy with just the closet..there's plenty of room for laundry stuff and ....I CAN CLOSE THE DOORS when I am not using it, thus shutting away the washer and dryer. It had just got out of control with us just sticking things in there instead of finding a real home for them. Anyway, i am feeling much better about it.
Now, on to some more projects I have on my list...
hugs, bj

FarmHouse Style said...

Oooo, that sounds yummy. We love biscotti, especially dunked in coffee. I will definitely give this a try.

Looks like we are going to be in the deep freeze this weekend.
Stay warm,
Rhonda

Miss Sandy said...

Mmmm, sounds delicious! My post is up today with links to your lovely blog. Thank you for letting me feature it!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

They look wonderful. I really like your ottoman and your new tray. It's a great look.

Michelle said...

Hi Penny!

I almost forgot about this other website? I just love it! I've never tried biscotti but I'd like to. I'm usually afraid it's going to break my teeth but I suppose I could dunk it in tea or coffee beforehand. ;)

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

This is something I would like to have my husband try to make after my shopping runs.. I can do it, but he's doing such a great job with cooking and all- will see.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I have always wanted to try to make Bisotti, so I guess I'm just going to have to make the time. Thank-you for the recipe, I have one but I think I would rather try yours.
Ginger

Jojo said...

I LOVE biscotti! This post made my mouth water!!!

solomi558 said...

The only time I have biscotti is at Cafe~ Nero, I do a lot of cooking so will give your recipe a try, but,I have never seen ground aniseed in England . Wonder if a splosh of Ouzo might do it----------------cottonreel