Sunday, June 20, 2010

Biscotti with a hint of almond flavor, chopped, roasted hazelnuts and dried bing cherries

Several months ago I bought the book Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorrie Greenspan.  If you click around on food blogs you've probably noticed "Tuesday's with Dorrie".  I thought about joining but aside from all my usual baking, the Daring Baker's keep my roommates well fed.   Instead, I just bought the book and decided to try the recipes on my own time.  Ps. I loved them! (and I'm not a huge fan of biscotti).

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from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From my Home to Yours

(makes about 25 cookies)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3/4 cup sliced almonds, blanched or unblanched *see my notes

GETTING READY: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the cornmeal and whisk again to blend.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed for 3 minutes, until very smooth. Add the eggs and continue to beat, scraping down the bowl as needed, for another 2 minutes, or until the mixture is light, smooth and creamy. Beat in the almond extract. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated. You'll have a soft, stick-to-your-fingers dough that will ball up around the paddle or beaters. Scrape down the paddle and bowl, toss in the almonds and mix just to blend. * I used roasted hazelnuts and chopped bing cherries. You could use any combination of nuts or dried fruit, possibly some chocolate chips or butterscotch (??)

Scrape half the dough onto one side of the baking sheet. Using your fingers and a rubber spatula or scraper, work the dough into a log about 12 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. The log will be more rectangular than domed, and bumpy, rough and uneven. Form a second log with the remaining dough on the other side of the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the logs are lightly golden but still soft and springy to the touch. *took mine about 23 Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and cool the logs on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.

If you turned off the oven, bring it back up to 350 degrees F.

Using a wide metal spatula, transfer the logs to a cutting board and, with a long serrated knife, (don't try to cut them with a smooth edged knife. That will only cause them to break into chunks.) trim the ends and cut the logs into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet — this time standing them up like a marching band — and slide the sheet back into the oven.

Bake the biscotti for another 15 minutes *took mine about 25, or until they are golden and firm. Transfer them to racks and cool to room temperature.


Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Oooh, I like the addition of almonds in this biscotti! I generally use almonds as a topper but lately, I feel my biscotti could use some texture. Almonds in the biscotti! Genius! :)

Val said...

I also recently bought that Dorie Greenspan book and love it. Everything seems to turn out perfect.

Those biscotti look delish and darn easy to make too! Love it.