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by Christina Da Costa
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There is an easy way to do this and a hard way. The easy way is getting
some pre-made biscotti and dipping it in melted chocolate. For a special
touch, roll in nuts and let cool. Place in a nice coffee cup or tin,
wrap up in cellophane and voila! Instant gourmet.
Of course, if you've got the
time, making your own biscotti is even better, and will save you money
too. Here's an easy recipe:
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup toasted almonds
2 eggs (room temperature)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (or 1 cup of flour and 1 ¼ cups wheat
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp of almond or vanilla extract
zest of one orange
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream the butter and sugar and add eggs (one at a time); mix until
smooth. Add the zest and flavored extract and mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and then
sift into the wet ingredients. Stir in almonds.
On a floured board or countertop, divide dough in half and roll each
half into a log (10" long by 1.5"). Place both rolls on a
cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Take rolls out and let cool on
baking sheet for five minutes; cut cooled rolls into diagonal slices
(the way biscotti normally looks). Lay slices flat on the cookie sheet
and bake for 8-10 minutes; turn over slices and bake for another 8-10
minutes until you note a warm golden color. Remove and cool on cookie
sheets. When the biscotti are completely cool, place in a nice airtight
container or wrap up in cellophane to give out.
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