Friday, 31 July 2015

Two Chocolate Biscotti


Some like it hot, some like it cold. Some like it smooth, some like it bold.

In whatever form you like it. You cannot deny that you simply love chocolate.

I am still to meet someone who does not like this broma fit for a Theo.



Loved and consumed since circa 400 AD, chocolate has inspired many a man. Some powdered it and drank it with milk. Some used its beans as currency. Some extracted cocoa butter and used it exhaustively in the cosmetic industry. Some wrote books and made movies in ode...... And me? well..... I made some chocolate biscotti ;-)




So what is Biscotti?

Biscotti are twice-baked cookies (or biscuits) originating in the Italian city of Prato.

These biscuits are oblong-shaped, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven.

Fancy sounding these may be, but are really easy to make.

So lets get started!

Makes 10 nos

You will need:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1+1/2 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used walnuts and cashews)
1/2 cup white chocolate (chopped)
2 tsps milk
3 tbsps butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg

Method:

- Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, instant coffee powder and cocoa powder in a bowl.

- In another bowl combine sugar, egg, butter, vanilla essence and milk till smooth.

- Gradually fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, in three equal batches.

- Next add in the nuts and chocolate.

- Combine to form a semi sticky dough.

- Place this dough on a prelined baking tray, spread and flatten into a flat log with wet finger tips.

- Bake at 180 deg Celsius in a preheated oven for 20 mins.

- Now remove from the oven (keep the oven on) and once slightly handle able cut into 10 strips as shown in the picture below.



- Place the cut pieces back into the oven for another 15 mins to dry.

- Remove from the oven and allow to cool, the biscotti will further harden as they dry outside.


And there you have it easy peasy!

Savor with a good book, a warm beverage or go the Italian way and serve with a glass of red wine.

These also make cute little homemade gifts wrapped up in parchment and secured with a ribbon.



Enjoy!


Note: 

1. Biscotti can be made with a plethora of ingredients. Traditionally they are made with almonds, but you can also use any dry fruits or nuts that you like, eg pistachios, cranberry or sultanas. 

Omit the chocolate if you would like a not so rich version. Choice is entirely yours. 

2. This recipe has been adapted from Edible Garden

2 comments:

  1. Just the look of it makes me go yumm!!

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    1. This is what I was making when you called last ;-)

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