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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Almond Biscotti

We have a weekend ritual in our house of coffee, or foamy milk in Emily's case, and biscuits in bed each morning. This week we made Almond Biscotti. I don't normally like baking recipes done in "cups" because that usually means "sticks" of butter and i have yet to fathom out what they are. however, this recipe requires no such thing and so is very easy for children to do themselves.

Almond Biscotti

3/4 cup of whole almonds
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cup sugar

3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 175 º c
Grease and flour a large baking sheet.

Spread the almonds out on a large baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 mins. Cool and roughly chop (i find lengthwise works best).

Stir flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack two eggs into the well.
Add the vanilla and using a fork mix well. Continue mixing with your hands. If dough seems wet add a little more flour. The dough is ready when it is smooth, dry and fairly stiff.

Work in the nuts using your hands.

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and divide in two. Roll each piece into a fat log shape approx 30cms x 5cm and place side by side on the tray, leaving a 5cm gap between them as they will spread.

Beat the remaining egg and brush over the logs. Bake until golden, appox 30-35 mins.
Remove from oven and slice into thick diagonal slices (using an oven mitt or cloth to hold the logs), a serrated knife works best.

Lay the biscotti on their sides on the baking sheet and cook them again for 5 to 10 mins (I think Biscotti means "twice baked" in Italian).

Cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy with Coffee, hot chocolate or warm milk - if you try eating them without dunking you may break a tooth!!!

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the last post. I read them out to Emily and she was delighted :o) And thanks Alison for drawing my attention to the trip and if you happen to read this yes we are interested, but i'll try and contact via BHE group.


Elder Faery said...

Those biccies sound lovely and going to try them since you've convinced me that they are easy. I like the idea of your's these sort of things that children remember most in the years to come and add reassuringly to family history.

Mrs. Darling said...

I had to laugh at your sticks of butter. It must be that you are not familiar with the way butter is packaged. A stick of butter is 1/2 a cup of butter. It dont have to be in stick form. Any butter measured to half a cup is a stick of butter. So look, now you can make all those recipes you couldnt before. Good luck.