Thursday, February 15, 2007

Vanilla Almond Biscotti's

This is one of those recipes that you once you've found, you stop looking for a better absolute favourite biscotti recipe!

Vanilla Almond Biscotti

3 cups/750 mL all-purpose flour
2 tsp/10 mL Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup/250 mL sugar
1/2 cup/125 mL butter, melted
2 tsp/10 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
1-1/2 tsp/7.5 mL Watkins Almond Extract
3/4 cup/180 mL finely chopped blanched almonds

Combine first three ingredients, set aside. Beat together the eggs, sugar, and melted butter; add extracts. Add flour mixture, one third at a time; mixing thoroughly after each addition. Fold in almonds. Spread 1/2 of dough onto cookie sheet to form a loaf 12 inches/30 cm long, 3 inches/8 cm wide, and 1-1/2 inches/4 cm high. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake at 350ºF/180ºC for 20 minutes or just until starting to brown around edges; cool 10 minutes. Remove loaves from cookie sheet and place on cutting board. Cut across loaf into slices 1/2 inch/15 mm thick. Lay cookies cut side down on cookie sheet and return to oven for 12 minutes. Turn cookies over and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until dry and crisp.

Makes 48 cookies.

My Notes: I used 1 1/2 cups of slivered almonds, 1 tsp of almond extract (trust me one is enough!) and 4 tsps of vanilla. These were crisp and slightly tender inside. Most of my other batches were hard as rocks but I preferred the texture of least I know no one will break their teeth! I am pretty sure that it is the addition of the butter that gives that effect since almost all the rock-hard batches I threw out had no butter in them. The smell from the oven while they were baking was heavenly and the taste was amazing! My favorite biscotti recipe so far!

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