Introduction: Dunking Biscotti

This instructable shows how to make a traditional italian hard biscotti suitable for dunking in hot beverages. A double batch is made in this instructable.

Here's the recipe in text form [my modifications appear in square brackets] adapted from a Boston Globe Magazine Article:
Corby Kummer's Unbeatable Biscotti

Corby Kummer wrote about biscotti a few years ago in The Atlantic and related how he tried about 25 formulas before he came up with this remarkable cookie. It contains no butter or oil, just fat and flavor from unblanched almonds and eggs. This style of biscotti, explains Kummer, comes from Prato, a wool-manufacturing town near Florence. "Biscotti have been made there since the 14th century," he says.


1 1/4 cups whole, unblanched almonds
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda [substitute baking powder]
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
[1/2 teaspoon almond extract]
Extra flour (for the board)


Set the oven at 350 degrees. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast them for 8 to 10 minutes or until they begin to perfume the kitchen. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, then butter and flour it. Alternatively, line the sheet with parchment paper.
Place the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in an electric mixer and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly with the vanilla. With the mixer set on low speed, blend the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture. The dough will cohere after a minute or two but will be messy and sticky.
Beat in the nuts and mix just until they begin to break up. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Using a pastry scraper and more flour as it is needed, turn the dough over onto itself three or four times to distribute the nuts.
Let the dough rest for a minute. Divide it into two equal pieces. With lightly floured hands, elongate each piece into a strip 2 to 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Carefully transfer the strips to the baking sheet, leaving 4 inches between them.
Bake the strips for 45 to 50 minutes or until they are golden. Remove them from the oven and leave them on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle.
Carefully transfer the strips to a cutting board. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the strips on a diagonal into 1/2-inch slices.
Place the slices on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Return the sheet to the oven and bake the biscotti for 35 minutes. [or bake at 200 degrees for longer, up to an hour]
Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool. Store the cookies in a container that admits air, which will keep them from softening.
Makes about 2 dozen.


Step 1: Toast Almonds

Spread a pound of raw almonds on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a 350 farenheit oven for 9 minutes.



Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

Measure 4 cups (1000ml) of unbleached white flour, 2 cups (500ml) of sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Throughly mix dry ingredients.


Step 3: Mix Liquid Ingredients

Mix 6 eggs, one teaspoon vanilla extract and one tespoon almond extract in a bowl. Throughly mix liquid with a fork. In dry ingredients bowl, create depression and pour liquid ingredients in. Mix the flour into the liquid, rotating the bowl as you go until the dough starts to cohere and there is a minimum of dry ingredient left.

Step 4: Knead Dough

With floured hands and bowl, knead dough.


Step 5: Mix in Toasted Almonds With Dough


Step 6: Cut Paper Lining for Bake Sheet


Step 7: Make Loaf From Half of Dough


Step 8: Bake Loaf in 300F Oven for 1 Hour


Step 9: Remove Loaf From Oven


Step 10: Remove Loaf From Baking Sheet Paper Liner


Step 11: Cut Loaf With Seratted Knife


Step 12: Dry Loaf Slices in Warm Oven


Comments

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mysterion (author)2011-11-08

Mmmmm Biscotti soaked in a desert wine

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FunkNattidelic (author)2009-10-07

Ive never had Biscotti before, and i was wondering, is it more like a cookie or really really dense bread? Are they sweet? =P <br /><br />Answeres appreciated, thanks =)<br /><br />i like this instructable :)<br />

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NoFiller (author)FunkNattidelic2009-11-12

The best biscotti I've had (provided by an Italian friend, so probably reasonably authentic) were very dense and hard. If you tried to eat them dry you could only scrape at them with your teeth, so you had to soak them. When soaked (in coffee/tea/milk) they were like the best cookies in milk because they held together and still had some texture. When I've made them they follow basically a cookie recipe, but they aren't quite as sweet and are very dry and crunchy.

Man...now I really want biscotti.

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It depends on the type you buy or bake, I've found.  Store-bought (or cafe-made, or even from a bakery) tends to be more like a crispy cookie, but if you use different nuts or different ingredients it can be more like a chewy cookie or about the same consitency as a fruitcake.  Sweetness is tough to class - there are biscottis with chocolate or syrups in the mix that are quite sweet, but walkalongaviation's recipe seems to be more like a nutbread or nut-based cookie sweetness.

I am curious how this recipe comes out - my ideal biscotti is nice and crispy.

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Ahh, I see sounds tasty =P
Thank-you for the answer, this definately looks like something I might like =P

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thingy (author)2009-10-08

I will be making some for the coming holidays.  Thanks,

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kissiltur (author)2009-10-07

The title of "Dunking biscotti" made me think this was going to be a tutorial on how to dunk!

The biscotti look delicious, though.

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Jayefuu (author)2009-10-07

They look tasty! Good dipped in some vin santo I bet.

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