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How To Make Biscotti


Learn how to make biscotti. This super yummy gift can be gifted to loved ones or keep them for yourself! I know.... that's slightly naughty, but once you taste them you will be loathed to part with them.

I find them totally irresistible and they make a nice alternative to the tins of biscuits which you get for Christmas. I have left these plain, but I have also been known to dip one side in plain chocolate and let them set before storing away. You can add other ingredients such as pistachios and fruit such as dried cherries, so experiment as much as you like.


Ingredients

  • 110g Plain flour

  • Tiny pinch of salt

  • 1 level Tsp Baking powder

  • 50g Almonds

  • 30g Ground almonds

  • 70g Golden caster sugar

  • A couple of drops of almond extract (not essence)

  • 1 Large egg

  • A dusting of icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees centigrade

In a bowl place the flour, salt, baking powder and stir round. Then add the ground and whole almonds plus the sugar. Mix again. Add the almond extract then the egg. Stir with a spoon until it starts to come together, then place on a lightly floured surface, and bring it together with your hands.

Make it into a long log shape of around 30 centimetres and put it on a lined baking tray. Place the tray into the oven for 30 minutes to cook. After 30 minutes remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool completely.

Reduce the oven to 140 degrees centigrade.

Cut the long biscotti with a sharp bread knife into 1 cm wide slices. Place them back on the baking tray and cook for a further 35 minutes. They should be a pale golden colour. Transfer to a wire tray to cool completely, then dust them with icing sugar before placing them in an airtight container. Let them cool completely before doing this, as they have to be crunchy and not soggy from any steam heat!

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