Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dhill's cooking : Almond Biscotti

Dah tengah malam ada pulak request utk buat biscotti. This is my first attempt... mujur menjadi. Super simple to prepare the dough.. but took so long to bake (...for impatience people like me lar!).. 1st u need to bake it in loaves form. Then let it cool slightly before u slice and bake it again.
Resepi amik dr sini Aku tambah butter about 2 tablespoon.
This Italian specialty has become very popular in North America. Unlike the sweet cookies we are used to, biscotti are crisp and crunchy and can easily stand up to a dunking in our coffee or wine. This is a traditional biscotti, as it does not contain butter or oil, that uses eggs to bind the ingredients together. If you like your almond biscotti to have the flavor of anise, just add up to a tablespoon of anise seeds or else 1 teaspoon of pure anise extract.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Toast almonds for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely. Set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and extracts together. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until blended (about 30 seconds). Gradually add the egg mixture and beat until a dough forms, adding almonds about halfway through. With floured hands divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll each half of dough into a log about 10 inches (25 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Transfer logs to the prepared baking sheet, spacing the logs about 3 inches (7.5 cm) apart, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch (logs will spread during baking). Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
Transfer logs to a cutting board and, using a serrated knife, cut log into slices 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick on the diagonal. Arrange evenly on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, turn slices over, and bake another 10 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Can substitute hazelnuts or walnuts for the almonds. If desired, add 1 tablespoon (5 grams) of orange or lemon zest to the egg mixture.
You can put a chocolate glaze on the biscotti. Melt 3 ounces (85 grams) of semi-sweet or white chocolate and 1 teaspoon (5 grams) vegetable shortening in a small metal bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. When melted, place chocolate into a parchment triangle or small plastic bag with one edge cut.
Pipe onto the biscotti in a decorative pattern. Alternatively, you can dip or spread with a small metal spatula one side of the biscotti with chocolate and let dry on a clean baking sheet.
Makes about 40 biscotti.

1 cup (145 grams) blanched whole
almonds, toasted and chopped coarsely
1 teaspoon (5 grams)
baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white
3 large
1 teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

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