Almond Biscotti with chocolate drizzle is the recipe of the day . It’s a classic coffee pairing munch. Mamma Mia ! Biscotti is an Italian cookie, which is baked twice. That’s how it gets the signature crunchiness and aromatic flavors. It is believed that the biscotti originated from the bread, which was twice baked to dry out ; so can be preserved for long journeys and in times of war. And now it has become a coffeehouse staple. Often dunked into HOT beverages; and then it melts in the mouth.
Let the cookies jar have biscotti now.
Its so yummy – Coffee, Biscotti and a book – Just perfect.
If we see the flavor and the texture – It is very crunchy and crisp and the Sweetness is well combined with the flavors and aroma of toasted almonds. Little drizzle of chocolate on the top makes the biscotti look elegant and of course adds to the flavor. You love your evening tea or coffee; Biscotti makes a wonderful pair with both.
Classic biscotti is made without any butter, just requires eggs, flour and sugar. Then the flavors can be endless; from chocolate to cranberries, or pistachio, hazelnuts, almonds, ginger, cappuccino or even raisins. I have changed the recipe quite a bit – 1. Made it egg less 2. Added a little butter to it; which enhances the flavor.
See the pictures to understand the making of biscotti
Bring the dough together and shape into a log.
Shape into a flat, big, long log
After the first bake
Cut into slices
Few points to read, before baking as usual :
1. Measure the ingredients accurately.
2. Since the dough will be slightly sticky, you can rub some butter on your hands or slightly wet your hand while shaping the log for the first bake.
3. While shaping the log; try getting a flat top because, while baking, it will puff up and spread out.
4. Really requires a sharp serrated knife to cut; and use a sawing motion to get the clean cuts. Use the knife at an angle to get long, elegant coffee shop worthy slices.
5. After the first bake let the biscotti cool for about 10 minutes and then cut. If you try cutting too quick after the bake, you will not get clean cuts. And if you wait too long it gets difficult and harder to cut.
6. For the second bake arrange the slices on the baking tray , making sure they don’t touch each other. This helps in getting even color while baking.
7. The hardness and the crispness of the biscotti depends on the time you bake. The standard time for baking is 30 minutes at 180*C for the first bake. and additional 20 minutes for the second bake ( 10 minutes on each side). However if you are looking for more crisp – bake it for few minutes more. But don’t over bake ; that can result into tooth braking biscotti.
1. 2 Cups of all purpose flour
2. 1 tablespoon of bakingpowder
3. A pinch of salt
4. 100 ml of sweet condensed milk
5. 60 ml of water
6. 30 gm of unsalted butter (Cold and cut into small pieces)
7. 1/2 cup of toasted almonds (chopped or flaked)
8 . Few drops of almond extract
Preheat the oven at 180 *C ( 350* F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in the cold butter into the flour mix using a fork and set aside.
In another bowl add the condensed milk with water and almond extract and mix well. Gradually add the condensed milk mix to the flour mix and mix well. Add in the roasted almond and mix well. ( Use a metal spoon or your hands to make a dough).
Transfer the dough on a clean kitchen surface from the bowl and knead for a minute or so to bring the dough together. Roll the dough into a log shape. Transfer the log on the prepared baking tray and shape it into thin long flat log.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180*C or until firm to the touch. Once done remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Transfer the log on to a cutting board and cut diagonal using a sharp serrated knife (1/4th to 1/2 a inch thickness slices)
Place the slices of the biscotti on the same baking tray and bake more for 20 minutes (10 minutes each side). Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container. You can melt some chocolate and drizzle on the baked biscotti, but completely optional. Enjoy!