Thursday, November 8, 2007

Keeping warm




Baking biscotti tonight to keep the house warm. We've had a mild autumn so far, with a few cold nights here and there, mostly this past week. So roasting a chicken in the oven or a pot roast or oatmeal cookies or biscotti help take the chill off.



Here's the recipe:


PLAIN BISCOTTI – MOM’S RECIPE

2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp of salt
¼ cup oil
2 eggs
1 orange, juice and rind or ¼ cup frozen OJ

Substitutions: Anisette
Preheat oven to 375o
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange rind and salt in a bowl
Combine the eggs with the orange juice and oil
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients
Mix till soft dough forms
Divide the dough in two and form into two flat loaves, placed side by side on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with granulated sugar
Bake for 25 minutes

Slice the loaf and turn slices on the side on the cookie sheet
Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes
For extra crispness, turn biscotti over and bake another 8-10 minutes.
(Does this make them triscotti?)

HAZELNUT BISCOTTI

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp of salt
1 stick of butter
2 eggs
¼ cup of hazelnut liqueur (Fra Angelico) (for almond use almond extract or Amaretto)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of toasted hazelnuts (or almonds, toasted)

Preheat oven to 350
Toast the hazelnuts in a skillet, do not allow to burn
Chop the hazelnuts
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl
Cut in the butter
Add the chopped hazelnuts
Combine the eggs with the liqueur and vanilla
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients
Mix till a soft dry dough forms (add a bit of flour if too wet)
Divide the dough in two and form into two flat loaves, placed side by side on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with granulated sugar
Bake for 25 minutes

Slice the loaf and turn slices on the side on the cookie sheet
Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes
(For a crisper biscotti turn over the slices and bake another 8-10 minutes)

VARIATIONS: dried cranberries, honey, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pistachio, chocolate chips

Tonight I made anisette walnut chocolate chip biscotti AND orange cranberry walnut biscotti.

Warm and delicious!

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