Thursday, May 26, 2011

Almond Biscotti

Biscotti always reminds me of my Momma. Whenever the coffee aroma would permeate the house, you would always find my Momma dipping Biscotti into her coffee! She's Italian, afterall!

I miss her. She lives in America, I live in England. I baked these to remind me of her, but I won't be dipping them into coffee!

So here's to you, Momma!! <3

Almond Biscotti
From Teresa Giudice's Skinny Italian

  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup/200g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 3/4/330g cups all-purpose/plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup/100g almonds...I used mushed up almonds, but you can use sliced ones! 
  • 1/4 cup confectioners'/icing sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C

2. Using an electric mixer, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla and almond extract for 3 minutes, until the batter is thick and yellowish-whitish. You will want to lick the bowl because it smells so good! But then you remember there's that whole "salmonella" issue. Salmonella Shlamonella. I'll risk it!
3. In another bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and salt together. 

4. Stir the flour into that delicious smelling salmonella-filled mixture. The dough will be super sticky.

5. Add the almonds into the dough. The dough will be super sticky and you'll think you can't do it, but you can!

Try not to eat the dough either, because I wanted to...
6. you will need A LOT of confectioners'/icing sugar! Put some in a bowl and sprinkle a lot of it over your counter and all over your hands.

7. Knead the very sticky dough that will stick to your fingers and you will think that it will never stop being so sticky...for a few minutes until it is no longer as sticky! 

8. Roll the dough into an 8 inch log and put it on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll it out to about 12 inches, or until it reaches the end of the baking sheet. It should be 2 inches wide.

9. Bake for about 30 minutes. It will brown on top! 

10. Let it cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes

11. Heat the oven to 325°F/160°C

12. On a chopping board, cut 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices using a serrated knife

13. Place the slices on 1 or 2 baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes, flip them over, then bake for another 10 minutes! 

14. Let them cool for 30 minutes and they will be nice and biscotti-like!! Oh, and bonus! Your house will smell amazing the rest of the night!! 

I've already eaten 5 pieces. Tsk tsk. They were too good! 

Enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea, or just on its own!

Smooches! Thanks, Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey!! xoxo

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