Baking…1,2,3…Biscotti

It’s Friday, it’s pouring rain, what better a thing to do before dinner than bake?  You have to have dessert, right?  And it helps to prep for a party tomorrow.

One of my favorite things to bake is biscotti because it has (or truly doesn’t have to have) butter, which means those who are lactose intolerant can totally enjoy it!  And, it keeps for awhile.  The crispier, the better!!  With the recipe I use, I take the basics and alter the flavors.  Tonight, I was looking around my kitchen and opted to include dark chocolate (duh!), whiskey and walnuts.  There is a health benefit in all of those, in some way, shape or form.

 

Pic 001The aforementioned recipe I use is from a cookbook I received years ago.  You just combine:
-2+ c flour
-3/4 c sugar
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp cinnamon
-most times I also use 1 tsp nutmeg

Blend. Then add:
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla

Those are the basics.  Then you just need more liquid that is flavor and other dry ingredients for flavor, from nuts to chocolates to dry fruit to more spices  You might also need some water sometimes just for that extra bit of liquid.

So for this recipe I used:
-‘some’ whiskey
-about 1/2 cup chocolate chips
-about 3/4 cup – 1 cup walnuts

 

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Once the dough is mixed, you make it into flat ‘logs’ — I can’t think of a better word — and bake it for 30 minutes at 375.

 

 

 

 

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After half an hour, take it out and cut it into ‘biscotti’ shape.  And you know, these crumbs fall off– MUST sample.  They have no calories, come on.  Then, contrary to what the recipe said, I just turn the oven off, put the cookie sheet back in there, with the cut biscotti on it and let it sit in there, be it 1 hour or overnight.  Again, the crispier the better.

 

 

Pic 007Final product, perfect!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Snow is falling, holiday music is playing, everywhere you look there are decorations and lights…it’s the holidays!!  And what does that mean?  I can finally make holiday cookies again!  I’m heading to the store tonight to pick up all the ingredients to start baking.  That’s why it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Mint snowballs, candy cane cookies, holiday brownies, chocolate bark with red and green sprinkles.  This means endless hours in the kitchen that are far too much fun, trying new recipes, wrapping the goodies in seasonal colors and finally flopping on the couch at the end of the day, exhausted and full from sampling a bit of each treat.

The best part of all this…HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

Candy Cane