Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Biscotti Anyone?

While the boyfriend was out of town this past weekend, I got a start on my holiday baking.  This probably won't be the last of posts about my baking ventures, as a fair warning to you all, but hopefully you'll find something that sounds good and that you'd like to try yourselves.

I've always enjoyed baking because I find the preciseness of it all very relaxing (is that an oxymoron?)  You know exactly how much of what ingredient to add, I love following instructions, and it's something that I'm better than J at.  

This year was my first attempt at making biscotti.  I've had it plenty of times and while perusing Martha Stewart's website for a few unique recipes, it came up as a suggestion.  

Chocolate - Pistachio Biscotti adapted from Martha Stewart
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of shelled unsalted pistachios
4 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour,
3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; stir in pistachios and chocolate.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, vanilla, and cocoa.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until combined.  (Dough will be
stiff so mix with hands if necessary)

2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar.
Divide dough in half and place on sheet.  Shape into 2 1/2-by-12-inch logs and sprinkle
top of each with 1 tablespoon sugar.  Bake until risen and firm, 15 to 20 minutes.  
Let logs cool completely on sheet, about 30 minutes.

3.  Reduce oven to 300 degrees.  Using a serrated knife, cut logs crosswise into
1/2 inch thick slices.  Arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheets.
Bake until biscotti are dry, 15 to 20 minutes.  
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Overall this recipe is a breeze to follow.  Unless you have a Kitchen Aid or a food processor equipped to mix heavier doughs, it will require you to use your hands and the logs are fairly easy to shape on the parchment paper--I just eyeballed the length and thickness.  So far I've gotten great reviews on the biscotti so I'll definitely be making more of this next weekend to take home for Christmas!


sgrmse. said...

ahhh, i'm not much of a fan of biscotti but kudos to you for successfully making your own!! :D

Anonymous said...

Ah! I love biscotti! I finally started buying lots of it at Whole Foods rather than buying one at a time at Starbucks! And I was just telling my boyfriend that I need to learn to make some!

Melissa said...

sgrmse...neither was I but I've acquired an appreciation for the "drier" baked goods!

luvvleighb...it's super easy to make! I'm the same way at Starbucks with their Cranberry Orange Scones...perhaps another baked good to attempt.

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