February 25, 2016

chocolate chip biscotti



i had always imagined that making homemade biscotti would be a long, complicated process.  something about them screamed long and labour intensive to me.

at work a few weeks ago my co-worker was talking about doing some baking, and mentioned biscotti. when i mentioned my concerns about the amount of time needed, she said they were actually really easy.  and promptly sent me a copy of her favourite recipe.

and i have to say, she was right!  these guys are actually quite easy to make.  they bake a long time, but long enough that you can do other things while they are in the oven.  and the best part, you can do just about anything to them.  chocolate, nuts, dried fruit - you name it, it can be done!  



chocolate chip biscotti
makes approximately two dozen

basic biscotti recipe from canadian living

[you will need]

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup  granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 egg white
1 brick semi-sweet chocolate, chopped


[to make ]

preheat oven t 325 degrees.

in a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy.  add in eggs, one at a time, until combined.  beat in vanilla.  in a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

stir into the butter mixture in stages, until just combined.  this forms the basic biscotti dough.

add chocolate chops into the dough, and stir to combine.  divide dough in half.

on a lightly floured surface, roll out each half of the dough into a long log shape, approximately 12 inches in length.  place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, two inches apart.  press to flatten slightly.  combine egg white with 1 tsp water, and brush on top of logs.  this will help the biscotti golden on top.

bake the biscotti logs at 325 for approximately 35 minutes, until firm and until lightly golden.

let the biscotti cool, on the pan, for 10-20 minutes, until they are easy to handle.  once cool, using a sharp knife cut the logs diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces.

place pieces back onto the baking sheet, standing upright and slightly apart (about 1/2 inch).  bake at 300 degrees for another 35 minutes, until almost dry.  transfer pieces to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

once the biscotti are cool, you can make the chocolate dip.  in a saucepan, melt the chocolate pieces, stirring until smooth.  let cool for a few minutes.

dip an end of the biscotti pieces into the chocolate.  let the chocolate drip off, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  refrigerate until the chocolate has set.

there you have it, your very own homemade biscotti!  they taste just as good as the ones you get in a coffee shop.  enjoy!

-d

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