Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Orange-Almond Biscotti

I'm much more of a cookie girl than a cake or pie or ice cream girl. After last week's disappointing cake, I wanted cookies for this week's evening treat. I think I saw in one of the cookbooks I borrowed from the library an Orange-Almond Biscotti recipe and that planted the idea. I definitely saw an Orange-Almond Biscotti recipe in Baking Illustrated. Baking Illustrated has never let us down, so we decided to make the Orange-Almond Biscotti recipe from that cookbook.
I measured everything, toasted the almonds, and started mixing the dough while SP unpacked groceries. He finished folding in the flour mixture and shaped the logs. In true geek fashion, he decided he couldn't just eyeball dividing the dough in half. He had to use the scale.
Whenever we make biscotti, our logs are never 13x2. We never seem to have that much dough. It doesn't really matter, though, because what we lack in quantity is there in quality. This is another tasty biscotti recipe. There's 4 tablespoons of butter and 2 eggs in this biscotti recipe, so the recipe said that the biscotti might be more cookie like than hard like a biscotti. We didn't find that to be the case! Ours turned out crispy and I had fun dunking them in some orange-spice tea.
The recipe called for vanilla and almond extracts, but I couldn't help wondering how it would be with orange and almond extracts. Maybe next time we'll try that combination. And maybe more orange zest. I like a lot of citrus flavor!

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