Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TWD Lenox Almond Biscotti

Another week FLEW by and here I am with my second Tuesday's With Dorie recipe from Baking From My Home To Yours.  I'm loving this great baking book!  You can get it here at Amazon as well as lots of other places. 

I have NEVER made biscotti before and have often thought of it as being dry like baby Zwieback toast that would only be for dipping in coffee (which I do not drink).  I thought of skipping this week, but didn't really want to since it's only my second week doing TWD.  I also had in my mind that biscotti was a lot harder to make than it really was.  It was just as simple as any other cookie.  You might think that since it has to bake twice, it takes too long.  Well, think of it as baking two sheets of cookies, because these all bake on one sheet.  I felt like it worked well in to my busy afternoon and timed it perfectly with it's resting time before the second bake being right when I needed to pick kids up from school. 

The cookie dough was mixed together quickly and easily.

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Dorie suggested in the recipe changing up some of the mix-ins, so instead of using all almonds, I also added some walnuts and pecans.  I love nuts and well, you know what they say, you are what you eat! 

It IS a very soft, sticky dough to work with getting into foot long log shapes on the pan and not too close together, but really it wasn't bad.  You get a little dough on your hands and then you have to lick it off!  (jk, I washed my hands!)

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I knew that it really spreads out during the first bake and hoped mine weren't too close together. 

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Dorie's first baking time suggestion of 15 minutes seemed like it wasn't enough, so I baked these for an additional 4 minutes and actually thought it could have gone another minute or two, but called it good.  It was a little soft when I sliced them to get ready for the second bake, but it turned out fine. 

They baked up nicely and were crisp, but not hard.  I'm afraid to say that I REALLY liked them.  Kevin actually hates a crispy, crunchy cookie and won't even try a bite.  I LOVED all the nuts and really liked the almond flavor from the almond extract.  So I wouldn't keep eating bites, I bagged them up and am going to give them to a neighbor tomorrow to get them out of my house!

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These would be good dunked in milk or hot cocoa.  They would also be great dipped in melted chocolate!  But I do think they are GREAT just as they are!

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Another great baked good from this wonderful book!  Thanks to Gretchen at Canela & Comino for choosing biscotti this week.  You can get the recipe for it at her blog.  I enjoyed making it and it tastes great!

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Also, if you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out my post from yesterday for some Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies that Anna from Cookie Madness and Rita Clumbsy Cookie and I came up with.  It's a great, big, AMAZING cookie!

UPDATE:  For convenience, we've now tried the cookie using only hard boiled egg (1/2 an egg) and no raw egg.  It's even better!  See my post below for the recipe and try it! 

22 comments:

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I'm so glad you decided to make these! I also thought that the biscotti concept was intimidating, but it's really easy. Congratulations on completing your 2nd TWD!

Karen said...

I love how everyone can add their own twist to the recipes! Yours look delicious!

Peggy said...

I love your red dish! For some reason I love all things red. Your biscotti look wonderful.

Lori said...

they look just wonderful, and i want that red plate!!!

Teanna said...

Those are gorgeous! And don't apologize for really liking them! They are perfect!

Pamela said...

Great job! I feel so good about knowing how to make biscotti. I know it's going to be well received come Holiday time. And they are amazing dipped in chocolate!

Darius T. Williams said...

Yes - you guys rock! This looks absolutely delicious!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I couldn't help but smile when I read "we are what we eat"! I guess I'm also nuts then! Not that I didn't know that allready! I'm glad you liked the biscotti, I would love them as well! In fact I could use a few to dip in the tea I'm having right now!

Fit Chick said...

Beautiful biscotti! Such an adaptable recipe.

Barbara said...

Your biscotti are gorgeous on the red plate! I also found these to be dangerously munch-able.

Rebecca said...

Walnuts and pecans! Oh, yum. I'd have to give these away, too. ;)

Em said...

Really nice job!!!

n.o.e said...

You know, I've found that the TWD recipes that I almost skip are usually the ones I end up liking the best. (I'll be making my fourth Dimply Plum Cake on Thursday) Plus I've learned so many techniques. Your biscotti look perfect! And so pretty on the red leaf dish.
Nancy

Anne Marie said...

Looks delicious! I have never made homemade biscotti and have always wanted to try.

Maria said...

I enjoy biscotti! Yours looks lovely!

Amanda said...

I'm with you! I really enjoyed my biscotti, didn't get to make it until this morning. It's delicious, yours look great!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your biscotti look great!

*Priscilla* said...

the biscottis look yummy!! i need to make my own soon.

Jaime said...

i was converted too! i really liked these!

great job w/these

Anne said...

Your biscotti looks wonderful and I think dipping it in hot chocolate would be amazing!

Gretchen Noelle said...

So glad you made these in the end and that you enjoyed them! Wonderful job!

AmyRuth said...

Yours look amazing and I love how your plated them. My oldest son played ball and his team colors always included red. Red became and still is one of my favorite colors. Such a happy color.

I love them too
AmyRuth