Thursday, January 23, 2014

(You Wanna Piece of me?)

How to Make Biscotti

(You Wanna Piece of me?)


An Italian treat, biscotti are twice-baked, beadlike cookies that are wonderfully crunchy and great for cocoa-dunking competitions! Certainly they are easy to make at home. This recipe makes about 30 biscotti.

Things you’ll need:

·         Wire Whisk

·         Sifters

·         Parchment Paper

·         Cookie sheets

·         Hand mixer

·         2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

·         1 2/3 c. granulated sugar

·         1/2 tsp. salt

·         1 tsp. baking powder

·         3 eggs

·         3 egg yolks

·         1/2 tsp. almond extract

·         1 tsp. orange extract

·         1 tsp. vanilla extract

·         5 oz. ground almonds


Step One

Heat oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit

Step Two

Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into the bowl of an electric mixer and stir them together.

Step Three

Beat the eggs, egg yolks and extracts together and slowly add to the flour mixture, beating at medium speed. Lower mixer speed and blend in almonds. (This also can be done by hand, but switch to a wooden spoon after adding the egg mixture to the flour mixture.)

Step Four

Chill dough for about 20 minutes - just long enough so it's workable.

Step Five

Divide dough into thirds and shape each into cylindrical logs of equal size, about 10 inches long.

Step Six

Place the logs on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet spaced well apart, and bake for about 20 minutes. Look for them to turn slightly golden.

Step Seven

Remove from oven, loosen and remove from the sheet and allow them to cool.

Step Eight

Meanwhile, lower oven to 300 degrees F.

Step Nine

Cut logs diagonally into 3/4-inch thick slices. Place slices back on parchment-lined baking sheet, cut-side up.

Step Ten

Bake until biscotti are slightly golden around the edges (about 15 to 20 minutes).

Tips & Warnings

·         Space the logs well apart on the baking sheet because as they warm up they will          spread out into domed rectangles before they set.

·         You can buy ground almonds in the supermarket, but you can also grind blanched        almonds in the food processor or mince them with a knife.

·         The end pieces don't toast well, and are usually dried out already - these you can         eat right away.


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Nationality: Noun and adjective--Italian(s).
Population (2007 est.): 57.8 million.
Annual growth rate (2007 est.): 0.01%.
Ethnic groups: Primarily Italian, but there are small groups of German-, French-, Slovene-, and Albanian-Italians.
Religion: Roman Catholic (majority).
Language: Italian (official).
Education: Years compulsory--18. Literacy--98%.
Health: Infant mortality rate--5.76/1,000 live births. Life expectancy--76.08 years for men; 83.0 years for women.
Work force (24.63 million, 2006 est.): Services--63%; industry and commerce--32%; agriculture--5%. Unemployment rate is 7%.

People and History
Italy is largely homogeneous linguistically and religiously but is diverse culturally, economically, and politically. Italy has the fifth-highest population density in Europe--about 200 persons per square kilometer (490 per sq. mi.). Minority groups are small, the largest being the German-speaking people of Bolzano Province and the Slove

Lisa Ekanger

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