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January 28, 2010

ORANGE ALMOND BISCOTTI

"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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13 comments :

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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hopeeternal 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!
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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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