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Traditional Biscotti Recipes - Various Internet Sources

Is there any better cookie? If you want a basic biscotti recipe to experiment with, go to the basic recipe at the biscotti baking binge here, or try the mandelbrot below. These are some of the recipes I collected while preparing for the biscotti baking binge. While the cookies are baking, make up a batch of chai or an herb tea blend.

Our family can't eat traditional sliced toasted nuts. For tasty biscotti additions, I've used: minced dried apricots, raisins, other dried fruit, candied fruit, cinnamon, anise, fennel or poppy seeds, allspice, mace, citrus zest, ground toasted nuts, miniature dark or white chocolate chips.

Walnut Cinnamon Mandelbrot Biscotti- Makes 20-28

A typical, not-too-sweet mandelbrot. You can have it plain or toss it in a cinnamon sugar mixture for a spicier, sweet treat. This cookie makes a good basic biscotti recipe and takes well to variations.

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or other addition
Cinnamon sugar mixture with 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil, then blend in eggs, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, stir together salt, baking powder and flour.

Fold flour into into wet mixture, then fold walnuts to incorporate.

Turn mixture onto waxed paper and shape a log, about 10 by 3 inches, flouring hands if necessary, to avoid sticking. Transfer paper and log on cookie sheet, press down to flatten slightly, and bake until just set, 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. Transfer log to a board, and using long, serrated knife, cut into 1/2 inch slices.

Place cookies back on cookie sheet and bake again at 325 F. to dry and brown slightly (about 11-18 minutes). Turn cookies over once during baking to ensure both sides bake evenly.

After the second bake, shake gently in a bag full of cinnamon sugar (optional).

Cool and store at room temperature in an airtight container.

A Master recipe for biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup almonds (slivered, sliced, or whole: see note)
2 large eggs at room temperature
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons anise extract or pure anise flavoring, OR 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Adjust a rack to the center position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nuts in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, butter and anise or vanilla and whisk to fully combine. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Using a rubber spatula, mix to combine until a rough dough forms.

2. Dump the dough onto a work surface and knead a couple of times or until the dough comes together, adding extra flour sparingly and only if necessary. Start to form the dough into a big, fat cigar and cut it in half. Form each half into a cigar about 1 inch thick, 2 inches wide and about 12 inches long. Place them onto the cookie sheet and lightly press with your fingers to slightly flatten the cigars.

3. Bake for 25 minutes reversing the pan halfway through. The bars (cigars) will be firm to the touch and just slightly browned. Remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 300 degrees. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes.

4. Remove cookies to a cutting board using two spatulas. Using a serrated knife, slice the bars on an angle about 1/2 inch thick to form the biscotti. Lay them back on the cookie sheet with either cut side down and place back in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn each cookie to expose the other cut side and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes. The cookies will take on the slightest bit of color and feel firm and dry. Let cool on a rack to room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 dozen small cookies.

Note: I like the nuts in smaller pieces, while most recipes call for them whole. Either size is acceptable; it's just hard to slice, or bite into, a whole almond.

Fig and orange variation

Omit the anise in the original recipe. Reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup. Soak 3/4 cup quartered figs in 2 tablespoons orange liqueur for 30 minutes or so. Add the figs to the dry ingredients and the liqueur to the wet. Also add the finely chopped zest of one large orange to the dry ingredients. Add 1/4 cup honey and one teaspoon vanilla to the wet ingredients. Proceed with above recipe.

Chocolate variation

Omit the anise in the original recipe and substitute the vanilla extract. Substitute 1/4 cup cocoa for 1/4 cup of the flour in the original recipe. Stir 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips into the dry ingredients.

Biscotti all'Anise

Makes 48 Cookies

3 eggs
2 t anise extract
3/4 C sugar
Pinch salt
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C cornstarch
1/2 t baking powder

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F. Combine the eggs, extract, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer and whip with a hand mixer set at high speed or in a heavy duty mixer fitted with the whip. Continue whipping until the mixture is very light and increased in volume, 6-7 minutes. While the egg mixture is whipping, combine the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and stir to mix.

Remove the whipped eggs from the mixer and sift over the flour mixture in three additions, folding it in after each addition with a rubber spatula. The batter will lose most of its air and become rather stiff. Pipe the batter, using a pastry bag with a 3/4-inch opening, but no tube, onto a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper or buttered wax paper. Pipe two logs about 1 1/2 inches wide and the length of the pan. Bake the logs about 20 minutes, until they are well risen and golden.

Remove from oven and place logs on a cutting board to cool about 10 minutes. Using a sharp, serrated knife, slice the logs diagonally at 1/2-inch intervals. Place the biscotti cut side down on the pan and return them to the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until they color lightly on the cut surfaces.

Cool the biscotti on the pans and store them in a tin between layers of wax paper.

Apple Biscotti

-2 dozen

1 hour 15 min

1 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 T. apple cider
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/3 c. nofat sour cream
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder

Combine the first 12 ingredients (sugar through sour cream) in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer at a low speed for 1 minute. In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the large mixing bowl, beating until the dough is well-blended and soft.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a 16-inch roll. Carefully place the roll on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray and wax paper. Flatten the roll until it is approximately 3/4-inch thick.

Bake the roll at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully loosen the edges of the roll with a metal spatula. Invert the baking sheet on a wire rack and allow the roll to cool for 10 minutes. Cut the roll into 3/4-inch slices.

If you like your biscotti hard, return the slices to baking sheet and bake an additional 10 minutes on each side.

Biscotti Napoletani (honey)

NICK MALGIERI-Makes 60 Biscotti

Be careful with the first baking of these biscotti. Even though they are baked a second time after being cut, if they do not bake sufficiently the first time, the biscotti will have a hard, heavy core.

2 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C whole, unblanched almonds, finely ground
1/2 t bicarbonate of ammonia or 1/2 t each, baking powder and baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
3/4 C whole, unblanched almonds
1/3 C honey
1/3 C water

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F. Combine all ingredients except honey and water in a mixing bowl and stir a minute or 2 to mix. Add the honey and water and stir until a firm dough forms.

Remove dough from bowl and divide in half. Roll each half into a log about 15 inches long. Place both logs, well apart, on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment or buttered wax paper.

Bake about 30 minutes, until well risen, firm and a dark golden color. Remove from oven, cool logs slightly and place on a cutting board.

Slice the logs diagonally at 1/2-inch intervals. Return the cut biscotti to the pan, cut side down, and bake an additional 15 minutes, until lightly colored and dry. Cool on the pan. Store in a tin--they keep well.

BISCOTTI

3 Eggs
1+ Cup flour
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup of Oil (Olive oil works very well)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Vanilla, Lemon or Anise Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Beat eggs. Add sugar, oil, baking soda, anise extract (or vanilla or lemon extract - whatever you prefer), and salt. And mix. Gradually mix in flour until the dough is firm, almost pasty, but not stiff.

Pour dough onto two cookie sheets in three oval strips the length of the pan (2 strips on one pan, one on the other). Bake at 350 F degrees until the loaves puff up and are golden (approximately 20 to 25 minutes). Toothpick should come out dry.

Remove from oven and cut biscotti about 3/4" wide. Turn onto sides and return to oven until sides are golden brown (approximately 5 minutes). Allow to cool on cookie sheet for approximately 5-10 minutes before transferring cookies to a brown paper bag to complete cooling and for storage.

Biscotti can be frozen in an airtight bag or container for long term storage, if you ever have any left.

*Note: Do not grease the pans. If the bottom of the cookies burn, the oven temperature is too high, or the pan is too close to the heat.

You can add sliced almonds, dried cranberries, or what ever you like to make a more flavorful (and colorful) biscotti. Just keep in mind that the overall yield will increase.

Dipping the cooled biscotti in melted chocolate is also a great way to add variety.

Orange-Basil Biscotti

-Makes 40 small biscotti

2 1/4 C Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1 C Sugar
2 T Cornmeal
1 t Double-Acting Baking Powder
1 t Kosher Salt
1 Large Egg
1/4 C Orange Juice
1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Cut into Bits and Softened
3/4 C Pine Nuts, Toasted and Coarsely Chopped
1 T Finely Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves
Zest of 1 Medium Orange

Preheat the oven to 325 deg.F. Grease and lightly flour a baking sheet. Blend the flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg and orange juice, and beat the mixture until a dough begins to form. Add the butter, beating until it is just incorporated, and fold in the pine nuts, basil leaves, and orange zest.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, kneading it several times, then let it rest, covered with a kitchen towel, for 5 minutes. Divide the dough in half and, with floured hands and working quickly on the prepared baking sheet, form each piece of dough into a log 12 inches long by 2 inches wide. Arrange the logs at least 3 inches apart on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until set and pale golden.

Remove them from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. On a cutting board, cut the logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet, and bake them 10 to 12 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, turn the biscotti over, and bake them a final 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Brown Sugar Granola Biscotti

May 98-Marcia Kiesel-about 36

1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon coarsely chopped anise seeds
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
5 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 large cold eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups granola, large pieces broken up

1. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, lemon zest, anise seeds, baking powder and a pinch of salt and pulse a few times to blend. Add the butter and pulse just until incorporated. Add the eggs and vanilla and process just until combined. Scrape the dough into a bowl and stir in the granola. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Quarter the chilled dough and shape into four 6-by-1-inch logs; flatten each log into a rectangular shape. Transfer he logs to the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and almost firm. Let the logs cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

3. Transfer the logs to a work surface with a metal spatula. Using a serrated knife and a gentle sawing action, slice the logs crosswise 1/2 inch thick. Arrange the biscotti on their sides on the baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or until very firm and beginning to brown. Transfer the biscotti to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Chef Guy's Homemade Rich Pecan Biscotti

PREP TIME: 50-60 Minutes

MAKES: 60-72 slices

6 whole eggs

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 orange rind
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 lb toasted pecans

Break the eggs into a small mixing bowl. Add the sugar, orange rind and vanilla. Beat on medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes. SLOWLY add the vegetable oil. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder together. SLOWLY add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Fold mixture by hand until smooth (NO lumps).

With a rubber spatula, slowly fold in pecans. Grease (spray with a cooking spray) 6 (six) bread loaf pans. Divide the dough evenly into the 6 pans: approximately 1 inch of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 15 minutes.

Let set in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Slice each loaf into approximately 1 inch slices (10-12 slices per loaf). Arrange slices on a cookie sheet tray and place in oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Biscotti De Prato (Roasted almond)

-54 biscotti:

1 c Whole, unblanched almonds
2 c All-purpose flour
1/2 c Granulated sugar
1/2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts Salt
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 ts Vanilla extract
1 ts Lemon zest
1 Lightly beaten egg white

Place almonds on a baking sheet and toast in a 350'F. oven for 10 minutes, shaking pan once or twice. Place a third of almonds in food processor and process until fine. Coarsely chop remaining almonds.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in center and add eggs, vanilla and lemon zest. Using a fork, draw flour, a little at a time, into center of bowl. If necessary, use hands to combine mixture. Dough will be stiff.

Let dough rest 5 minutes. Knead dough for 3 minutes, mixing in ground and chopped almonds.

Divide dough into 3 portions and roll each into a 10" cylinder. Carefully transfer to a buttered and floured cookie sheet, leaving a few inches between them. Flatten rolls slightly. Brush tops with egg white and bake in a 350'F. oven for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly.

Carefully remove rolls from pan and place on a cutting surface. Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into 1 1/2" slices on a 45-degree angle. Reassemble rolls on pan, leaving a small space between slices. Bake 15-20 minutes longer.

JAM's Awesome Biscotti

(decadent! Kahlua/ chocolate)

Jam says: I wanted to try biscotti one day and found a recipe for basic biscotti dough. I had to modify the basic dough to handle all of the goodies that I added - but what a great recipe this has turned out to be. And my son absolutely loves them! These are great by themselves, but are even better with a good cup of coffee!

About 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 oz. KAHLUA® coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
3/4 cup of HEATH BITS® candy pieces
1 cup granulated sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour baking sheet.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt In a large mixing bowl - cream butter and sugar together: Add eggs to butter/sugar and blend until incorporated. Add KAHLUA® - blend Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and blend well, Add last 1/2 of flour mixture and stir into a STIFF ball Add HEATH BITS® - stir in well. Add chocolate chips - stir in well - if the dough is too stiff you can splash the doughball with more KAHLUA® or milk - but just enough to work the ingredients together.

Flour your hands to work with dough. Divide dough in half, form each half into a slightly flattened log about 12" long and 2" wide. Place logs on baking sheet about 3"-4" apart.

Bake at 350°F for 35 min. or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and cool ON baking sheet - about 30 min. Cut cooled logs diagonally into 3/4" - 1" slices on a cutting board with a good bread knife or a SHARP butcher knife. Place cookies back on the baking sheet cut-side down and return to the 350°F.

Bake 10 min, turn cookies over and bake and additional 10 min. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Hints: This recipe works great with a powerful countertop mixer. STIFF means STIFF - this won't be like ordinary cookie dough - you'll get a workout. I find that the shiny air-insulated baking sheets work best.

These biscotti will last a week or more in an air-tight container - one month frozen. The HEATH BITS® can be found at your grocery store with the baking stuff. I've used other toffee pieces and they just don't cut it - the HEATH BITS® are crushed HEATH BARS® and still have the chocolate on them. Notice:Heath Bar® and Heath Bits® are registered trademarks of M&M/Mars. Kahlua® is a registered trademark of Licores Kahlua.

JAM's Brown Sugar & Oats Biscotti

These biscotti use the same basic ingredients as my other ones, but these are not as rich. Great by themselves, but are even better with a good cup of coffee!

About 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 oz. white chocolate liqueur
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups oats

Pre-heat oven to 350°F, lightly grease and flour baking sheet.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a large mixing bowl - cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs to butter/sugar and blend until incorporated. Add white chocolate liqueur - blend.

Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and blend well. Add last 1/2 of flour mixture and stir into a STIFF ball.

Add oats one cup at a time - stir in well(this will take some work). Flour your hands to work with dough.

Divide dough in half, form each half into a slightly flattened log about 12" long and 2" wide. Place logs on baking sheet about 3"-4" apart.

Bake at 350°F for 30 min. or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and cool ON baking sheet - about 30 min. or more. Cut cooled logs diagonally into 3/4" - 1" slices on a cutting board with a good bread knife or a SHARP butcher knife.

Place the cookies back on the baking sheet cut-side down and return to the 325°F oven for 10 min. Turn the cookies over and bake and additional 10 min. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Hints: This recipe works great with a powerful countertop mixer. STIFF means STIFF - this won't be like ordinary cookie dough - you'll get a workout. I find that the shiny air-insulated baking sheets work best.

These biscotti will last a week or more in an air-tight container - one month frozen. If you don't have any white chocolate liqueur around, try about 1 1/2 t. of a quality vanilla.

How To Make Cherry Biscotti

-Makes about 2-1/2 dozen- National Cherry Board

These twice-baked Italian cookies go perfectly with a fresh, hot cup of coffee or cappuccino.

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Ellen uses almond)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dried tart cherries
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
Granulated sugar for shaking after baking
2-3 tablespoons additional flour

With a citrus zester or small grater, rub across orange peel being careful not to include white pith. Cut thin strips of peel into small pieces. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice through a strainer into a small cup. Measure juice and orange peel, as required by recipe.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed, scraping bowl often, 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture is thick and pale in color.

Add oil, orange juice, orange peel and vanilla; beat 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, walnuts, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed. Stir in cherries by hand.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. (Use about 2 tablespoons flour. Dough will be soft and sticky.) Lightly sprinkle the dough with an additional 1 tablespoon of flour; knead flour into dough. With floured hands, shape dough into 2 (8x2-inch) logs. Place 3 to 4 inches apart on a greased baking sheet; flatten tops slightly.

Combine egg white and water; brush on logs. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until light brown and firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheet 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. With a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange slices, cut-side down, on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes; turn slices. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack; let cool completely.

Gingerbread Biscotti

-30 biscotti

¾ cup crystallized ginger, divided
2 Tbsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 large eggs
¼ cup light molasses
2 ¾ cup flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup (4 oz.) reduced fat chocolate chips

Coarsely chop half of the crystallized ginger; finely chop the other half. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine ground ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar. Add butter and beat with electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by molasses, until mixture is smooth. Stir in both coarsely and finely chopped ginger. Sift flour and baking powder into molasses mixture; beat until just blended. Dough will be thick and slightly sticky. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill 2-3 hours. (Dough will keep 1 week in refrigerator if tightly sealed.)

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Position rack in center of oven. Grease and flour a baking sheet or line with parchment paper; set aside. With lightly floured hands, shape each portion of dough into loaf ½-inch thick, 2 inches wide and 12-14 inches long. If hands become sticky, wash, dry and dust with flour again. Place loaves on prepared sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until loaves are completely set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not turn off oven. Place baking sheet on wire rack and let loaves cool on sheet 5 minutes.

Transfer loaves to cutting board and with serrated knife, firmly cut each loaf diagonally into slices ½-inch thick. Place slices upright on baking sheet and return to oven 10 minutes or longer if crisper cookie is desired. Remove biscotti from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave oven. With spatula, spread chocolate over half of each cookie. Set the biscotti upright on wire rack until chocolate has set. Store in airtight container, separating layers with sheets of waxed paper. 1 = 123 calories, 3g fat (22%), 21mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium

 
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