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Friday, August 30, 2013


1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 tsp orange zest
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces
 1/2 cup toasted almond pieces(optional)
Preheat oven at 325 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchament paper.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and zest. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in almonds. 

Divide dough into two pieces. Form into long flat loaves about 1/2 inch tall and 12 inches long. Place the loaves 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.   

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

With a serrated knife, cut diagonally into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, turning over once. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  

Place chocolate chips into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Drizzle chocolate on top of pieces. Let stand at room temperature until set. Store biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container. 

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