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How About a Biscotti?

July 20, 2011

I’ve never been a big fan of biscotti. I think it’s the hard texture that does it (or doesn’t do it) for me. But I realized you can bake tasty biscotti that are soft, easy to make, and have great flavor.

I got the recipe below from a cooking class I recently attended. I always thought biscotti took forever to make — not these. The biscotti were easy and delicious. Try it — you’ll like it!

Lemon Biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350-degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Then whisk the sugar and eggs together in a large bowl until it’s a light yellow color. Add the vanilla and lemon zest.

Sprinkle the dry mixture over the wet mixture and fold together until it’s just combined. Don’t over mix!

Halve the dough and turn both portions onto the baking sheet. Using floured hands (lots of flour), quickly stretch each portion of dough into a 13″ x 2″ loaf. Your loaves will look sort of like this.

I sprinkled granulated sugar on top and then baked the loaves for about 30 minutes, rotating the tray once during cooking. … Here’s my little kitchen helper tasting the dough (after they were in the oven). Sophie loved the dough; she wouldn’t eat the biscotti.

Remove the sheet when the loaves are slightly golden on top and are just starting to crack. Cool the loaves for 10 minutes.

Now here’s where I changed things to suit my palate. At this point, I cut the biscotti at an angle into rectangles and left it at that. They were hard on the outside but still chewy on the inside, the way I like them.

But if you like your biscotti hard – the tradition way they should be – here’s what you do next. Lower the oven to 325-degrees. Cut the biscotti into pieces and lay the slices about 1/2″ apart on the baking sheet. Return them to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

However you make them, they should end up looking something like this.

You can use this recipe and swap out the lemon for orange, or add nuts and dried fruit, or mini chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless! Let me know if you make them or if you have a favorite biscotti recipe.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 11:06 pm

    Mmmm! That looks so good. I love anything with lemon!

  2. July 20, 2011 11:58 pm

    That biscotti looks tasty.

  3. July 21, 2011 1:39 am

    I am a lemon freak — anything lemon makes me happy. These look wonderful!

    One (perhaps two) of my favorite biscotti recipes is from Ken Haedrich — it’s been in my recipe box for over 10 years. His Almond Biscotti is slightly sweet with a touch of cinnamon and dense with ground almonds — crunchy and dunkable, but not as crumbly as traditional biscotti. Wonderful with coffee, tea, hot chocolate … but with a glass of wine for dessert is best in my book!

    Almond Biscotti
    (from Ken Haedrich’s Simple Desserts

    makes about 2 dozen biscotti

    2 cups toasted whole almonds, cooled
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    confectioners’ sugar to roll the dough in

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get out a large baking sheet. Butter it lightly and set aside.

    Put the almonds and granulated sugar in a food processor and chop to a fine meal. Transfer to a large bowl. Put the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in the processor and process for several seconds. Stop the machine, add the butter, then process just long enough to make a fine meal. Add to the bowl with the ground nuts.

    Beat the eggs to liquefy them, then stir in the vanilla. Mix the eggs into the dry ingredients by hand, until the dough packs together. Divide the dough in half.

    Sift a generous layer of confectioners’ sugar over your work area. Roll half the dough in it, making a 2-inch-thick log. Repeat for the other half, then lay the logs on the greased sheet leaving some room between them. Flatten the logs slightly with your hand.

    Bake the logs for 35 minutes, or until the surface resists gentle finger pressure, then transfer the sheet to a rack and cool for 10 minutes. Slide the logs off the sheet onto a cutting board. Set the oven to 300 degrees.

    Slice the logs on the diagonal about 1/2-inch thick. Place the slices back on the sheet, standing them on their original bottoms. Bake for 15 to 25 more minutes; they should become dry, but only slightly browned. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool.

  4. July 21, 2011 3:22 am

    Sounds delicious and looks super easy! Such a cute pic of Sophie and I love that she loved the dough but wouldn’t eat the biscotti cooked!

  5. July 21, 2011 3:35 am

    Trying this today. Just need to run to the store to get some lemons…

    I prefer chewy over crispy…it must be an age thing.

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  6. July 21, 2011 3:39 am

    I too haven’t ever gotten what the big deal was with biscotti- too dry, crumbly, blah. But maybe I’ll try these. Love Sophie’s cute apron. Seeing hers reminded me of the ones I used to make for the kids– have to do them for the grandkids soon!

  7. Lena permalink
    July 21, 2011 5:31 am

    This looks delicious! I have only recently come to like Biscotti as well as scones, don’t know why I never enjoyed them before. I’m not much of a baker but I think I’ll give this a try– maybe with the chocolate chips! Will let you know!

  8. July 21, 2011 5:32 am

    Pass the Biscotti please!! They look delicious, so as Sophie (I can just have a bite of her cheeks, I am sorry, it’s Jewish mother in me coming out :))

  9. July 21, 2011 7:09 am

    looks delish, I think my grandchildren would like this. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I subscribed :-)Be Well, Katherine

  10. July 21, 2011 7:23 am

    Sounds delicious! I’ve never thought about biscotti being too hard because I always dunk them in coffee, but I bet I would like softer ones more. I’ll have to try this – with chocolate chips! (Love the picture of Sophie!)

  11. July 21, 2011 8:10 am

    Never been a biscotti fan, but I’ll eat anything lemon, especially since you said they were soft and not like traditional biscotti – yum!

  12. July 21, 2011 11:56 am

    Learned to love these when I lived in Italy. These with the soft center look like heaven, Leah. YUM!

  13. July 21, 2011 2:22 pm

    Looks incredible! I may have to give your recipe a whirl!

  14. July 21, 2011 2:44 pm

    I’m in! These look great! I guess I’ll be baking this weekend! Love seeing Sophie, she is beautiful! You are a bright spot in my day!

  15. July 21, 2011 7:12 pm

    Leah – these look delicious! Sophie is a cutie-patootie! I love biscotti – they are terrific dipped in coffee…and I lemon in them! Nicely done!

  16. Tracey permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:07 pm

    I am a total biscotti maniac, but it’s over 100 degrees today, and worse tomorrow so I’m not firing up the oven quite yet. I have a maple walnut biscotti recipe that is very popular in my household…google it or shoot me an email and I’ll get you the recipe if you want it!

  17. July 21, 2011 11:47 pm

    Oh, Lord, Leah. Why do you have to do this to me? This looks so good, and I’m SUPPOSED TO BE ON A DIET. It’s like the most delicious things come out of the woodwork when I’m not supposed to have them. Very awesome looking!

  18. July 22, 2011 5:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Your blog is great. I can’t wait to browse more! Happy Friday!

  19. July 23, 2011 5:11 pm

    Leah, I’m not a biscotti fan either but the photo of your finished product is making me think I might want to give this recipe a try! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  20. July 23, 2011 8:15 pm

    Those looks awesome! And your taster is adorable!

  21. July 26, 2011 9:02 pm

    Yum! Thanks for sharing, Leah.

  22. July 27, 2011 3:12 am

    Finally got around to trying this recipe a couple of days ago. My daughters were laughing their butts off bc I forgot to flour my hands and had a hell of a time trying to get the dough off my hands and onto the baking dish. Other than that, I liked it, though I ended up squeezing in a bit of lemon juice. It’s great snack with coffee.

  23. February 9, 2012 7:27 am

    Interesting. . .I never thought of just not baking them that second time. I think I’ll give it a shot. Very cute helper, by the way.


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