Thursday, August 28, 2008

Once Were Biscotti

hey-ho sugar lovers.

This month's Cookie Carnival extravaganza, brought to you by the good people at The Clean Plate Club, is Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti. Could three words in the English language be more seductive (OK, one of the words is Italian, but you know what I mean).

I baked up a bunch of these with glee and wonder. They were fabbo. Here's how I did it:

Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

1 1/2 cups hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
3 cups plain flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn salt
250gm unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tspns vanilla essence
1/2 tspn almond essence
1 cup choc chips

heat oven to 180 degrees celcius and line large, heavy baking sheet with parchment paper
  • grind 1/2 cup hazelnuts and set aside
  • beat butter and sugar til creamy. add eggs and essences and beat until well combined
  • whisk four, cocoa, baking powder and soda and salt together in another bowl and then add to the wet ingredients, and beat in well
  • gently mix through both lots of nuts and choc chips
  • mould into two logs and back 12cm apart (they will spread a lot in the oven) and bake 35 mins
  • remove and cool for 15 minutes, but leave the oven on
  • slice into 1.5cm thick biscuits, lie flat on baking tray and bake for another 15 minutes

  • Now, there are two major problems with this recipe. Firsly the dough is so seriously delicious that you may be forced to eat it all before it even makes it into the oven.

    Secondly, it made a lot of biscotti. I gave some to BBITW for her birthday. Took some others for a farewell morning tea at work. Oh look - visitors - well I have some for them. Before you knew it, I was all out. And now this is the only photo I have for you:

    1 comment:

    Cristine said...

    That's a great photo! It just proves how great they were!