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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Biscotti Hottie

I drink a pot of tea every single afternoon in the winter. Tea time during the blessed hours of 2 and 3:30 pm is made even more spectacular with the pairing of biscotti. This time, I made my favorite- orange- minus the walnuts because there weren't any in my cupboard, which means I'm missing the nuttiness, but as you'll see as you scroll, I made up for it's absence handsomely.

It's all about the orange zest, peeps. Agh! I love it! I like to make a double batch. Biscotti is very easy to make, but you have to babysit it through several steps, so it's nice to get a lot done at once and store it in the freezer, taking out just what you want as you want it.

This is a Cook's Illustrated recipe, and if you sign up for their free trial, you can find it here. You can also find it here, conveniently right in front of you...
You'll Need:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup whole almonds with skins; toasted, cooled, and chopped coarse (I use diced walnuts)
1 large orange zested and minced to yield 2 tablespoons zest

Instructions
1. Sift first three ingredients together in a small bowl.
2. Beat butter and sugar together in bowl of electric mixer until light and smooth; add eggs one at a time, then extracts. Stir in almonds and zest. Sift dry ingredients over egg mixture, then fold in until dough is just combined.
3. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Halve dough and turn each portion onto an oiled cookie sheet covered with parchment. Using floured hands, quickly stretch each portion of dough into a rough 13-by-2-inch log, placing them about 3 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Pat each dough shape to smooth it.
Bake, turning pan once, until loaves are golden and just beginning to crack on top, about 35 minutes.
4. Cool the loaves for 10 minutes; lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Cut each loaf diagonally into 3/8-inch slices with a serrated knife.
Lay the slices about 1/2-inch apart on the cookie sheet, cut side up, and return them to the oven.
Bake, turning over each cookie halfway through baking, until crisp and golden brown on both sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer biscotti to wire rack and cool completely.
And in the event that one of your favorite ingredients is MIA, find a suitable replacement...or in this case, this Hottie found a waaaaaaay suitable replacement that she never thought of adding to her biscotti before.So, these were pretty much awesome.It was critically acclaimed, and nicely paired with afternoon hot chocolate... and is still being enjoyed, thanks to that double batch...

Ah, biscotti- the tasty crunchy Italian cookie made to be dipped... I'm a proud Biscotti Hottie.

13 comments:

Ashlie said...

Looks delicious! And the title of your post made me grin!

anne said...

drooling over here...while eating my store bought biscotti... Seriously I'm having biscotti RIGHT NOW and I haven't had it in months...hillarious.
Looks good...and I definately want to try the chocolate dipped biscotti...YUMMMY!
You are a hottie...biscotti or not! :)

Tammy said...

Those look amazing! And not too complicated. I think I'll have to give them a try:)

Kim said...

Could those three girls be any cuter? Im not a big biscotti fan. Shameful, isn't it?

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I've never made biscotti... can you believe it? But, I will be this year. Tarrah made me some choclate something or other biscotti last year... I nearly died they were so good.

Happy eating and drinking, you biscotti hottie, you.

-Andrea

p.s. Why the heck is biscotti not an accepted dictionary word on my computer! It's got the evil red line under it. The word biscotti has been around a lot longer than the stinkin' computer...Duh!! :)

Shannon said...

I'm loving the last picture - perfect!! I have never ventured to make biscotti, but I love my tea, so perhaps I'll tackle it over the holidays . . . looks far too yummy to pass up.

Jackie said...

Okay, seriously yummy-looking! Now I have to make it this weekend. Although - I think I'll add even more chocolate :) Thanks for another great recipe! :)

american mum said...

Your girls are so cute! Love this idea. Must try it!

Tarrah said...

I love it! I make biscotti every year around Christmas, I really should make it anytime :) Cooking Light has an awesome White chocolate-cashew coffee biscotti that is just amazing, you should give it a try. And I'm definatly trying this recipe soon.

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

Clever post title!
Those little girls--kiss 'em up for me!

Lisa said...

you should most definitely have a give-away for some of those. And I should win ;)

Angel said...

YUM! would go great with the Peppermint Mocha Cappiccino at Starbucks! Cant wait to have another one!

Katie said...

I have been wanting to make biscotti! I saw Giada do it like a year ago and I've wanted to ever since, lol! It would be so good with my morning coffee! Sigh... one day... tomorrow is a field trip and the next day is full, too... :(...