Saturday, November 6, 2010

Have Biscotti Will Travel

We are going to start making some long distance deliveries to people we love but live too far for a doorstep visit. So we had to find some recipes that "travel" well. Google says Biscotti! So Biscotti it is. I am NOT a Biscotti fan. If I am going to eat a cookie, even with my coffee, I'll take ouey goey chewy over dry hard cookie any day. But biscotti serves a purpose as well as being fashionable.
For being so dry, Biscotti has alot of butter!

A couple eggs.

These have to be twice baked. Here is the first bake.

Here is the second bake.

Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti
3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hazelnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; mix into the egg mixture. Stir in the hazelnuts. Shape dough into two equal logs approximately 12 inches long. Place logs on baking sheet, and flatten out to about 1/2 inch thickness.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are golden and the center is firm. Remove from oven to cool on the pans. When loaves are cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to slice the loaves diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet.
4. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, turning over once. Cool completely, and store in an airtight container at room temperature

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