Thursday, December 17, 2009

Italian delicacies

As most of you know, biscotti means double baked. And this is pretty much the only secret of these delicacies that I had the pleasure to find very easy to make. Plus, you can make biscotti of whatever you imagine, sweet or savory, with nuts, dried fruit, chocolate... try it!

2-1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
1/2 cup pecan (or any nut you like)
1/2 cup cranberries (again, any dried fruit works)
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and keep mixing. Gradually, add the flour, salt and baking powder to butter mixture. Mix until smooth and add the pecans and cranberries.

    Evenly divide dough into 2 portions and shape them like bread loaves. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let them cool down for about 15 minutes. Cut loaves diagonally into 1/2 to 1-inch slices with a serrated knife. Line slices back on baking sheet. Bake for five more minutes on until they look slightly golden. Turn the biscotti over and bake for another 5 minutes.

    Adding chocolate dip is optional. If you want to do it, just let the biscotti cool down completely. Then melt about half a cup of chocolate chips in the microwave and dip the biscotti in. Let them cool until the chocolate is firm and they are ready to go.


    TheGirl said...

    i did not know biscotti meant double baked. haha

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