Biscotti Anyone?

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This biscotti recipe is from Acquerello  – the restaurant in San Francisco where I did my externship for school. I used to make 3 large batches per week. The waiters would bring them out to customers along w/ their check… I guess it made the price of the meal more palatable (ha!).  I reduced the original recipe by 3/4ths – I also substituted the lemon zest w/ orange zest and used hazelnuts instead of sliced almonds (I forgot to add the nuts to the batter for this batch… oh well, there’s always next time, but I was so looking forward to the crunchiness and flavor of the hazelnuts!) By the way, if you’re wondering, yes, I did eat the whole plateful of biscotti (not!).

 This biscotti recipe is from Acquerello  – the restaurant in San Francisco where I did my externship for school. I used to make 3 large batches per week. The waiters would bring them out to customers along w/ their check… I guess it made the price of the meal more palatable (ha!).  I reduced the original recipe by 3/4ths – I also substituted the lemon zest w/ orange zest and used hazelnuts instead of sliced almonds (I forgot to add the nuts to the batter for this batch… oh well, there’s always next time, but I was so looking forward to the crunchiness and flavor of the hazelnuts!) By the way, if you’re wondering, yes, I did eat the whole plateful of biscotti (not!).

Side note: The plate in the photos is over 300 years old. According to my dad it (along w/ the rest of a set of dishes) was one the few of his belongings that survived the bombings in Milan, Italy during World War II. The apartment building he lived in was destroyed, but the dishes were in the sub-basement and miraculously didn’t get broken! If you zoom in you can see the hand-painted flowers on the plate. The artist also painted flower buds over any small defects in the porcelain.

Biscotti

Ingredients:

1/2 pound butter

3 ounces almond paste

2 cups sugar

zest of 1 orange

4 eggs

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups hazelnuts (whole)

Procedure:

1) Combine butter, sugar, almond paste, and vanilla in food processor and cream until smooth.

2) Place eggs into a bowl and add orange zest, reserve.

3) Combine all other dry ingredients (except hazelnuts) in a large bowl and sift. Place hazelnuts into sifted ingredients and reserve.

4) After creaming of sugar and butter is complete, add eggs and orange zest and continue mixing until all combined. (It should look like a breaking sauce)

5) Add all the dry ingredients and mix until dough just comes together. Test texture of dough – if too dry add another egg, if too wet add a bit more flour.

6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

7) Remove dough from processor and place onto a lightly floured surface. Work dough lightly into a brick and cut in half. Roll out both pieces into round logs about 12 inches in length - add flour to surface as needed to keep logs from sticking (the dough is loose and sticky so having flour on your hands will help during this step).

8) Place logs onto parchment paper lined sheet pans that have been sprayed w/ oil to keep parchment paper in place (one log per pan if using half sheet pans).

9) Place sheet pans in oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate pans top to bottom and back to front about halfway through for even baking.

10) Remove pans from oven and let biscotti cool  (about 10 minutes) until sturdy enough to slice 1/2 thick. (Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees at this time)

11) Place slices back onto sheet pans and bake for an additional 20 – 25 minutes until biscotti are just starting to brown (be careful to not over bake at this stage or biscotti will become too hard). Rotate pans again during this second baking.

12) Remove pans from oven and allow biscotti to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

13) Enjoy your fresh biscotti w/ coffee or tea while visiting w/ friends, and remember to bring them some for snacking on later!

Yield: Approx. 46 biscotti

Ciao…

Bruno

2 Responses to “Biscotti Anyone?”


  1. 1 Ingela Sjolander Sweden

    Great recipe, Bruno!
    The first that, like mine includes the important ingredient almond paste! I learned to bake biscotti from an old lady in Tuscany. Important point: use whole almonds, toasted. Try this, you won’t regret it.

    In bocca al lupo

    Ingela

  2. 2 brunosdream

    Thanks Ingela! Next time I make biscotti I wil have to try the whole toasted almonds along w/ hazelnuts.

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