So the next recipe in TWD is a bit more complicated than White Loaves. It calls for 4 biscotti (homemade or store-bought) and since I couldn’t find any at the store, I had to make my own. I want to be upfront and admit that biscotti has never appealed to me. I’ve always thought, what is the point of baking something so hard that you have to dip it in something to make it palatable? It seems stupid. But they did smell pretty awesome…
I found this recipe after a few seconds on google and changed it very slightly. It was Candy’s first canter ’round the paddock since the incident and she performed admirably! I was a bit worried she had gone lame, so it was pretty exciting. Okay I promise that concludes my horse metaphors.
The main thing I changed was using almond extract instead of anise and this was only because I don’t have anise extract and never intend to buy it. It’s not really my most favorite flavor. I haven’t really gone into many of my dislikes on this blog but they are many and diverse and black licorice is one of them. Nuts also live in the “dislike” folder, but almonds are the lesser of all those evils so I thought it was an apt replacement.
The dough for these cookies is VERY wet and hard to deal with so I made one big loaf instead of the two the recipe called for and I think the use of my Silpat liner was pretty necessary. I tried using parchment paper first but it was just too sticky and I couldn’t shape the loaf without the piece of parchment moving all over the place. So I scooped it up, plopped it on the Silpat and got down to business. If you don’t have a Silpat, get one. They are amazing and fantastic and outstanding and any other complimentary adjective you can think of. In fact, I was thinking of buying a few more even though they’re kind of expensive. That’s how useful they are. But back to brass tacks, after I made the dough into a large loaf shape and baked it until it was golden brown, I took it out and let it cool for about 15 minutes or so. Then I transferred it to a cutting board and used a very sharp knife to cut it into about 24 half-inch slices. Those went back onto the Silpat for another round in the oven (about 7 minutes on each side) to make them nice and super dry and crispy. Doesn’t that sound delightful? No? You don’t like super dry, hard cookies? Well neither do I usually. But I took some to work today and ate one with a cup of British Breakfast and I have to tell you, it was pretty delicious. So I may be turning a corner in life or something. I might like biscotti.
Simple Almond Biscotti
(slightly adapted from this recipe)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon almond extract