Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

This was my first try at biscotti.
I can honestly say I am no longer intimidated! Why have I been avoiding this for all these years?!

Nothing went wrong, it wasn't hard...just long instructions.
Try it, you will be glad you did!

2 Cups all purpose flour
½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp instant espresso powder
¾ Tsp baking soda
½ Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp salt
¾ Stick (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Cup sugar
2 Large eggs, slightly beaten
1 Tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Cup chopped almonds
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Sift together flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt
3. Beat butter and sugar together until pale
4. Add eggs and vanilla, beat for another 2 minutes
5. Mix dry ingredients in 3 batches, mixing only until a dough forms
6. Mix in chopped nuts and chocolate
7. Divide dough in half.
8. Roll dough into 12 inch long logs. Flatten both logs with palm of your hand so they are ½ to 1 inch and rectangular
9. Carefully lift logs onto parchment lined baking sheet
10. Sprinkle each log with sugar
11. Bake for about 25 minutes (cracking is fine)
12. Cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes
13. Cut each log into slices between ½  and ¾ inch thick
14. Stand slices on their side and bake for another 10 minutes


Pressed out and ready to bake

Doesn't this just scream for some sort of frothy, yummy drink?

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