I had never had biscotti before and when I saw this A. mazing recipe over at http://goodthingscatered.blogspot.com/ I new I had to give it a try. These treats are simple and inexpensive to make. They make a great Holiday gift when placed in a festive tin. This biscotti is not the most healthy dessert but its not too bad on calories…:) this is before you dip them in chocolate.
Orange Almond Biscotti
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp orange juice
3/4 c. almonds, toasted, cooled and chopped coarse (optional)
2 Tbsp minced zest from an orange
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl and set aside.
-Cream the butter and sugar until light and smooth, about 2 min.
-Beat in eggs then the extracts.
-Stir in almonds and zest.
-Fold dry ingredients into wet until dough is just mixed.
-Halve the dough and turn portions onto prepared baking sheet. (when doing this it is much easier to work with the dough if your hands are well floured)
-Stretch each portion into a rough 13 by 2 in. loaf and pat smooth.
-Bake about 35 minutes or until the loaves are golden and just beginning to crack on top.
-Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
-Lower oven temp to 325 degrees and cut each loaf diagonally into 3/4 in. slices.
-Lay each slice cut-side up on baking sheet and return to oven.
-Bake, turning each cookie half way through baking for about 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown on both sides.
-Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
(Optional – dip one side in melted chocolate!)
I highly suggest these dipped in morning coffee or afternoon tea 🙂 sweet treat.