Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Almond and Hazelnut Biscotti

So I've been totally inspired by so many amazing baking blogs out there that I just HAD to try out some recipes for myself. I've always loved biscotti with my coffee, and while waiting for my mum and sister to finish up on one of their late night shopping escapades, my dad and I went to a near by cafe for a coffee. I also bought a biscotti, only because I couldn't resist.

If you're anything like me, love biscotti but hate having to pay over $3 per piece. Here's a recipe that will save you money!

The only thing that I would do differently is not have it in the oven for as long as the recipe indicates, so that it ends up having a slightly moist and chewy centre.

Almond and Hazelnut Biscotti

1 1/2 cups of toasted almonds
1/2 cup of hazelnuts, toasted and skinned - i could only find raw hazelnuts so i had to toast and skin them myself.
4 cups of plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 large eggs
8 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius and butter 2 large baking trays
2. Finely grind 1/2 cup of almonds. Coarsely chop all the remaining nuts.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
4. Stir in the ground and chopped nuts.
5. Whisk the eggs until frothy and stir in melted butter, sugar and lemon.
6. Stir in the dry ingredients. Note: Dough will be quite sticky. THATS NORMAL :)
7. Place dollops of dough onto the trays. Shaping them to resemble a flat strip, about 2 inches thick.
8. Bake for 25 mins or until the centre of the strip are firm when poked. Take them out of the oven but don't turn the oven off.
9. Leave to cool.
10. Cut the strips into 1/2 inch slices and place back on tray, upright.
11. Bake for another 20 mins or until edges are crisp.
12. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

To toast hazelnuts: Just put the nuts into a wok or pan, ungreased and toss/stir consistently until you start to see lots of flakes of hazelnut skin in the pan. Transfer the nuts into an airtight container and close the lid. Shake the nuts until the majority of the skin has come off.

Enjoy!!!!!!! I know i did!

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