I’m going to be 100% honest; I really dislike cooking biscotti. I don’t know what it is, but I find the entire process so boring. Maybe that’s why I only make them around Christmastime, I’m not sure, but I do know that I absolutely love eating them so it’s worth the effort in the end! The last time I tried to make my own biscotti I failed miserably and ended up making some kind of soft orange bars, so I played it safe and went for a Delia Smith recipe this time- and they turned out great!
- 110g plain flour
- 3/4 level teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 25g ground almonds (I used 50g)
- 50g almonds (I used flaked)
- 75g golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- Few drops of almond extract
- Pre-heat the oven to 170C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then add the egg and almond extract and stir with a wooden spoon to bring the mixture together. I also added a little water before using my hands to form the dough.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape a log about 28cm long- mine was quite flat but this is fine as the biscotti will still cut nicely.
- Bake in the centre of the oven on the baking tray for 30 minutes.
- When baked, remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely- this will take around another 25-30 minutes. While the biscotti is cooking, reduce the oven temperature to 150C.
- Once cool, cut into slightly diagonal slices roughly 1cm wide and place back on the baking tray to cook for a further 30 minutes on the reduced heat.
- Cool again and enjoy with coffee!
I love the simple almond flavour of Delia’s biscotti, you can find the recipe on her website here: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/european/italian/almond-biscotti
Lots of Love,