Thursday, December 16, 2010

Biscotti


According to my husband I don't make biscotti nearly as often as I should. So I have decided to oblige to his request but this time I am trying something a little different. I am giving a regular chocolate/hazelnut biscotti a twist, by adding orange zest... What a difference a little orange zest gives it... The combination is just spectacular! If you want to give it a try, this is what you need to do.

Gather your ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
2 tsp of orange zest

Here is what you do:

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper (or silpat) and set aside. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time and beat until incorporated. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until combined. Add the chopped hazelnuts and orange zest and mix with a wooden spoon. Flour your hands (the dough is quite sticky) and turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut in half and shape each piece into a 12 inch log (make sure there is plenty of space between the logs). Place them onto the baking trays and flatten them slightly. Bake the logs, rotating trays half way through for 25 minutes. Transfer the logs onto a cutting board and let cool for 20-30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F. Cut the logs crosswise to half an inch thick slices. Place on a wire rack and bake for 30 minutes.

You will have the most delicious accompaniment to your cup of coffee or tea. Don't forget to dunk!

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