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January 28, 2010


"Biscotti", what a lovely name!, and I thought I could never make them, they *sounded* way too exotic, but all thanks to Vera I have a jar sitting on the table, all crisp, nutty and sweet and I just love them!
I took some to work and the reaction was unbelievable, everyone said that they tasted just like the one's you would get at the bakery, I was so happy and proud.This will definitely be my favorite baked goodie for all times :).
I decided to make a small quantity first with the ingredients I had, and then once I had got the hang of it, bake larger quantities, I also sliced one log diagonally and one into straight slices, which resulted in smaller biscotti.
To make these you require (adapted from here)-
(makes 8 large ones and about 20 small bite size one's)

  • Sugar-1/2 cup
  • Butter(salted)-60 gms
  • All purpose flour-1 and 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder-3/4 tsp
  • Orange flower water/Orange flavor- a few drops
  • Pure vanilla essence-1/2 tsp
  • Almonds-a handful
  • Raisins-a handful
  • Egg-1
  • Zest of 1 orange.
Method- Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F and line a baking sheet with foil/parchment,take granulated sugar in a large bowl and sprinkle rind on top, rub to moisten and leave for few minutes, beat in softened butter till light and fluffy.Add egg and essence and beat well for a few minutes.Sieve flour and baking powder together and add to the egg mixture, it will come together to form a soft, sticky dough, add almonds and raisins.Flour your work surface and halve the dough, shape into two logs, 10 inches long and about 1 inch thick, shape with dampened hands and flatten a bit, gently place on baking sheet at least three inches apart and bake for 25 minutes, cool for 10 minutes then with a very sharp knife slice diagonallyand bake again for 15 minutes, transfer to wire rack and cool completely.Store in an airtight container.Enjoy over hot cups of coffee

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Soma Pradhan January 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

They r indeed beautiful..Even I am deadly scared to bake biscotti..Actually i am scared to bake anything

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Anonymous ,  February 6, 2010 at 5:00 AM  

I have recently been making these a lot and agree: they are lovely and delicious too. Just right to go with a cup of coffee. Nigella Lawson has a really good recipe (called Breakfast Biscotti) in her Feast book. Hers were chocolate and almond, but I have also adapted the recipe for Lime (zest & juice) and white chocolate. Once you have found agood recipe you can just keep changing the flavours - I certainly intend to use orange one day soon.

For the record, when I recently talked about Biscotti for these I was told that they should be called Cantucci as Biscotti is simply the word for biscuit in Italian!

Some lovely recipes here on your site. We love Indian food!

TREAT AND TRICK February 10, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

My first visit here, you have great collection of yummy recipes and this is one of them.

s February 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

absolutely delicious looking!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] February 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Your biscotti look great! Never seen them cut straight!

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