Shona’s famous Biscotti recipe

Fresh Biscotteas hot off the oven

 
INGREDIENTS
3 cups flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
 (sift together or just mix up with a whisk)
 
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter (1/2 lb)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp almond essence
1 ½ cup packed dried fruits and nuts – chopped fine ((I use the Costco-Kirkland “Wholesome Fruit & Nut” which comes in red & white bag. It’s kept in the front where they keep the pistachios etc. This one has walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cranberry and cherries)
  • Cream together butter and sugar with electric beater. Add one egg at a time + vanilla & almond essence. Fold in flour – add nut mix last.
  • Distribute chopped fruit and nuts evenly using spatula.

    Divide up mixture into two halves.

  • Take wax paper and  shape dough into long loaves 2” x 10 to 12”  each – flatten top so that loaf is 1 inch high. repeat oven to 350o C . Place loaves on baking pan and

    Take half dough and shape into long log using wax paper

    bake in center of oven for 30 mins. Take out and cool for 15 minutes. Take a sharp knife and slice loaves carefully into 1” slices (Wipe the knife periodically with a damp paper towel while slicing). Spread

    Bake logs in center of preheated oven (350o)

    the slices apart, lay them on their side and bake for another 15 minutes. Switch oven off. Turn slices over and let them cool in the oven. Biscotti

    Biscotti logs out of the oven

    should be super crunchy (since oven temperatures vary – you may have to experiment with the timing).

Slice biscottis with thin knife. Double bake for 15 mins more. Cool in oven. Enjoy!

TIP: It’s hard to shape the dough with your hands as it is sticky. Use the wax paper to pat down and shape loaf – then roll it out into baking sheet. Oh, I use the butter left on the butter wrapper to lightly grease baking sheet.

I have shared this recipe with several friends. If you try it – please let me know how it turned out and send me a pix to post here!

I have been OUT-BISCOTTIED!! These beautiful biscottis using the above recipe were made by my friend Hengemeh Karini. She added her own special touches. Look at that beautiful presentation!

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