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What’s Cookin’ in the Country? Biscotti!

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Biscotti is a delicious crispy cookie that accompanies a cup of hot coffee or tea beautifully!  It looks impressive and maybe difficult, but it couldn’t be easier to make!

The word “biscotti” simply means, “twice-baked”.  After the dough is made, you shape it into a loaf, and bake it the first time.  After it cools slightly, you slice it and bake it a second time, leaving it a little crispy, perfect for dunking!

Here are some visuals of the process:

Here’s the great recipe I used from my Cooking Light Cookbook:

Double Chocolate Biscotti

Ingredients

6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate minichips
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine vanilla, eggs, and egg white in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir until well blended. Divide dough in half. Turn dough out onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. With floured hands, shape each dough half into a 12-inch-long roll; pat to 1/2-inch thickness.

3. Bake at 350° for 22 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll diagonally into 18 (1/2-inch) slices. Carefully stand slices upright on baking sheet. Bake biscotti an additional 15 minutes or until almost firm (biscotti will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove biscotti from baking sheet; cool completely on wire rack.

This makes a great gift (if can talk yourself into sharing!).  Put the Biscotti into clear cellophane bags, tie with ribbon and add a gift tag.  You could also complete the gift with a bag of coffee or box of tea and cute coffee spoons.  Who wouldn’t love to get a gift like that?!

I hope you’ll try this recipe!  What was cooking or baking in your kitchen this week?

With love from my country kitchen,

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