How to Make Perfect Italian Biscotti
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How to Make Perfect Italian Biscotti

Introduction

Nothing beats a homemade Italian biscotti. These twice-baked cookies from Italy have a distinctive crunchy texture that’s perfect to pair with your morning coffee or late-night dessert wine. So, grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s dive into the world of biscotti baking!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need for about 24 servings:

  • 200 grams (1 cup) of granulated sugar
  • 120 milliliters (1/2 cup) of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 375 grams (3 1/4 cups) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 125 grams (1 cup) of chopped almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C (300°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, olive oil, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well until the dough is smooth.
  4. Fold in the chopped almonds.
  5. Divide the dough into two parts. Shape each part into a log and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes, or until logs are light brown.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Then cut the logs diagonally into 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) thick slices.
  7. Lay the slices on their sides on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until crispy. Let them cool before serving.

Notes/Tips

  • Feel free to substitute almonds with other nuts or add dried fruits for extra flavor.
  • Biscottis will continue to harden as they cool. So, don’t worry if they’re a bit soft when you remove them from the oven.
  • You can store biscotti in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Conclusion

With their crunchy exterior and perfectly chewy interior, these Italian biscottis are a joy to bake and eat. They’re the perfect companion for a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet wine. So next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, give these biscottis a try. Happy baking!

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