Bravo Biscotti


by Ella Letterie

Biscotti means Twice Cooked

Plain Anise Biscotti

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon anise extract

extra flour (for the board)

Place flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in bowl and mix together.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, and anise lightly.
Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture.
Blend together, but DO NOT beat. The dough will be sticky.

Place dough on a floured board and shape into 2 logs (lightly flour your hands).
Logs shold be about 2 to 3 inches wide and 10-12 inches long. Leave about 4 inches between logs.
Put logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is golden color. When cool, transfer logs to a cutting board and using a sharp serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2 inch diagonal slices.

Place slices on the baking sheet and put into oven and bake the biscotti until both sides are golden.
Store cookies in a container that allows air, which will keep them from softening. Makes about 2 dozen.

Brown Nut Biscotti

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened
 cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup mini semisweet
 chocolate chips
1 cup almonds

In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla
for 2 minutes.
Then add the flour,cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Mix in the chocolate chips, and almonds.

Spoon the dough onto a baking sheet which is lined
with parchment paper. Make 2 strips about 4 inches
wide and 10-12 inches long.

Flatten the logs on top, and then put into a preheated 350 degree oven.

Bake about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Transfer logs to a cutting board, and using a sharp knife cut into diagonal 1/2 inch slices.

Place the slices on the baking sheet, cut side up,
return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

These are great for "dunking".

December 7, 2001

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