Most people think that biscotti is a hard cookie to make, not so. Takes a little over an hour and well worth every minute. Use easy to find ingredients.
So why buy the store made biscotti when you can easily make it yourself. Cheaper and you can bet fresher and tastier. Just think how good this chocolate-dipped biscotti is going to taste when you dip it some warm coffee or a glass of cold milk.
1- cup white granulated sugar
6- large eggs
1- teaspoon salt
1/2- teaspoon almond extract
1/2- teaspoon anise seed
3-1/2 to 4- cups all-purpose flour
1- tablespoon baking powder
1/2- cup milk chocolate chips, melted
1/2-cup white chocolate chips, melted
1/2-cup almonds, chopped
3- tablespoons butter
Step 1...Combine sugar, eggs, salt, and almond extract in a large bowl and mix well.
Step 2...Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl and mix well. Gradually stir just enough of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture to form a stiff dough. Add the almonds.
Step 3...Divide the biscotti dough into 2 equal parts. Shape into balls, and let stand in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Step 4...Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a baking sheet.
Step 5... Shape the dough with floured hands into two- 14x2 inch logs. Arrange on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Step 6...Bake 30 minutes, until lighty brown. Cool slightly. At an angle, cut the logs into 1/2 inch slices. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes more. Cool on sheets for 1 minute. Transfer the biscotti to wire racks to cool completely.
While the biscotti is cooling, melt the chocolate chips with a small amount of butter. Dip the ends of the biscotti in the melted chocolate. Cool on wax paper.
Tips: Prep time 21 minutes, standing time 30 minutes, baking time 40 minutes
I like to dip ends with white chocolate and some in dark chocolate, but it's good without chocolate.
Makes 3 dozen Chocolate-Dipped Biscotti