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Chocolate Biscotti

May 29, 2008

WELCOME HOME LING!

Yup, this is my simple welcome home gift for buddy ling! *cheer* been pondering for sometime what i should make her :p Thank God, i’m able to narrow down the search area to Chocolate, Nuts, Fruits, coffee and *drum roll* TADA!! she is one coffee-addict who needs a shot every morning, therefore biscotti will be perfect!

Another one of Dorie’s beautiful work! πŸ˜€ yup, taken from Dorie Greenspan’s excellent book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I’m so tempted to get my own copy right now! =X Visit <<HERE>> for more visual aid! πŸ˜€ wonderful job by <Eggs on Sunday>, love the tips shared on scoring the logs halfway before baking which makes slicing them into slices easier with less cracking! πŸ˜€

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp instant coffee or instant espresso powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)


Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, coffee powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. With a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla; beat for another 2 minutes. Decrease the speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients in 3 additions, mixing only until a dough forms. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the chopped nuts, chocolate and dried fruit.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide in half. Knead each portion a few times to pull the dough together into a ball, then shape each portion into a 12 x 2 inch log. Place each log on the baking sheet.
  5. Remove the sheet from the oven and let it cool on a rack for 20 minutes. Then, slice the logs diagonally into 3/4-inch thick slices and leave the slices standing up on the baking sheet. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes of baking.
  6. Transfer biscotti to a rack to cool.

Verdict?
my 2nd attempt with biscotti! πŸ˜€ and i felt this attempt was more successful than previous (harder and drier compared to the previous, but comparing taste wise, both are equally good! :P) *wink* + nothing can go wrong with chocolate, nuts and dried fruits! As usual, i halved the amount of sugar called for πŸ˜› as for nuts called for, i toasted some macadamia nuts and for dried fruits, i did a mixed of raisins and cranberries πŸ™‚ I’m greedy when it comes to nuts and fruits =X i’m most certain that i added more than the amount called for! Each bite guarantees both nuts and fruits. *grin*

– .: Baker Lee :.

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5 comments

  1. i’ve yet to taste it.. but i’m so touched when i saw you taking this bag of biscotti out from your bag!!!
    and best of all.. it’s my fav nuts and dark coco. You know me simply too well gal!!! really very happy to be bck here in sg and did some catching up with you today!!!


  2. hey amanda, i have been researching on biscotti for a few days. so happy to see yours today πŸ™‚ i read some experienced sticky dough, did you experience that? will the taste be affected if i omit the instant coffee? gonna give it to my fren who is expecting. she asked me to bake biscotti for her.


  3. good morning amanda!!!!
    i’m currently sipping my cup of daily dose and nibbling on the biscotti that you baked for me and the verdict???

    it taste excellent!!! The outer surface is cripsy, not too sweet which i like cos i get to taste the dark chocolate,nuts and raisins and it does not have the “flour bits” texture. You’ve improved!!!

    I really love this version alot! Thanks gal!!!


  4. Yuri: hi! i did not, the dough was not sticky at all for this recipe ^^ as for the coffee, it will definitely be okie to omit it~ ^^ it is only 2 tablespoon so not much of a difference. πŸ˜› You are so sweet to make for your fren! and thoughtful as well for considering about the coffee portion. πŸ™‚

    Ling: hee~ i’m glad u like it! i felt the biscotti this time round was indeed better! πŸ˜€


  5. OMG these looks soooo delicious!! !!!~~@!!
    but wah so many ingredients…i’m so lazy! lol



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