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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Almond Biscotti


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I've been wanting to make biscotti for a long time. For me, it sits in the category of 'fancy biscuits' - fancy because you don't normally get to buy it off the supermarket shelves and because it's normallly available at coffee outlets like Starbucks and Coffee bean (at $2 for a stingy little stick!)

I have 2 books with biscotti recipes - Great Cookies by Carole Walters and Baking with Julia (using it yet again!). THe ones featured by Carole Walters required a few more ingredients that i didn't have, so i opted for the simpler recipe, which were hazelnut biscotti (featured in Baking with Julia) - except i substitued the hazelnut with almonds.

The results

It was quite a breeze to make this. Minimal mess, no butter needed and not much preparation time required. The end result was good, although i probably would have preferred a version with some raisins / dried fruit in it (or chocolate!).
Biscotti I suppose is a fairly dry biscuit, and pretty hard in texture. It's good dipped in coffee (to soften it up a bit for those of us with less than hardy teeth) - and i suppose that's a good reason why biscotti is often only found at coffee outlets!
i wouldn't say it's 'moorish', nor am i confident that all too many people would go crazy over it.
Still, it was a great afternoon for some solitude, sipping coffee with a home made biscotti in front of the tv watching Carrie Bradshaw wax lyrical about life love and men!

Anyway, i'll post the recipe shortly!

4 Comments:

  • biscotti sounds so healthy already... i wanna try! would also like to make it one day...

    By Blogger Steffles, at 8:03 AM  

  • hiya, those sound and look delicious! cheers,j

    By Blogger J, at 10:29 AM  

  • thanks J and Steph!
    I just had one for breakfast this morning dipped into my morning coffee. I suppose it's healthier than a muffin (no butter necessary and not much sugar) but it's a far inferior snack, nutrition wise to say ... an apple!) They keep well though, so do try it someday!

    By Blogger Chin Ru, at 7:41 PM  

  • If you're going to post a recipe, just post it at the moment...copy and paste, and the word I is capitalized, I'll possessive is capitalized as well, and utilize commas where necessary. It shows you care about writing a blog in English. It shows you care enough about communication which is what a blog is, unless you're doing it on your I-phone; then forget about proper English.

    By Blogger Philip Mannino, at 8:39 PM  

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