Wanting something Italian to serve on the Feast of St. John Bosco, (January 31), I originally was going to go with store bought biscotti. I let my interest get the best of me and asked on FB for biscotti baking advice and recipes for "beginners".
I went with this recipe that I received from Father Dominic, The Bread Monk, because I had all the ingredients I needed to get started.
Trust me. It was so easy, just a little time consuming because of the twice baked method.
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (I crushed mine in a ziplock bag with my rolling pin.)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; stir into the sugar mixture until well blended.
3. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. We used a sturdy spoon to do this.
4. Divide dough into two equal parts. Shape each part into a 9 x 2 x 1" loaf. Place them onto baking sheet, evenly spaced.
(We got out a ruler to make sure the measurements were spot on.)
5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes. Discard used parchment and line pan with fresh.
6. Using a wavy knife, slice the loaves diagonally into 1" slices.
(We used the ruler again to cut more accurately.)
7. Place the slices on their sides on the baking sheet.
8. Bake for 10-12 minutes on each side, or until dry and crispy. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Optional: Melt a couple of squares of almond bark, (or Wilton candy chips like we did), and drizzle on biscotti in a wavy pattern.
I dunked mine in coffee and Mabel dunked hers in milk. Biscotti is a hard, crunchy cookie traditionally served with a sweet wine or coffee and there are many variations available.
~ Patty ~
~ Patty ~