09 August 2009

biscotti

Preheat your oven to 350F

In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butted, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 tsp grated orange rind

Add
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup whole almonds (or hazelnuts for mom, and with the addition of a sliced up chocolate bar added for dad)
and run your fork through the flour mix the dry ingredients. Then stir to combine. I sometime add a few teaspoons of flour extra, but the batter will stiffen up if given a few minutes.

Drop the dough into two long logs on a baking sheet. If you'd like things to look very nice you can brush the dough with a egg white. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let sit for five minutes or so, and remove your cakes one at a time to a cutting board. Slice (diagonally for longer cookies) 3/4" wide. Return to the baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes longer. This recipe will not make very dry cookies but they will be hard and crunchy and they are our favourite.

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