Chocolate Almond Biscotti

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    Biscotti are twice-baked almond biscuits from Italy, great with vanilla ice cream, tea or cappuccino. They are not hard to make.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 42 

    • 1/3 cup butter
    • 3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond essence
    • 2 teaspoons orange zest
    • 2 1/4 cups (280g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup toasted almond pieces

    Directions
    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease and flour a large baking tray.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond essence and zest. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in almonds. Divide dough into two pieces. Form into long flat loaves about 1cm tall and 30cm long. Place the loaves 5cm apart on the prepared baking tray.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
    4. With a serrated knife, cut diagonally into slices about 1cm thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes, turning over once. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    5. Place chocolate chips into a small microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Use a spatula to spread chocolate onto one side of each cookie. Let stand at room temperature until set. Store biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container.
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    I am not a big fan of biscotti, but I am trying to find a nice dessert with a longer shelf life (for gifts) and also something tasty to sell during the holidays. This is my first attempt at making biscotti & I was a little intimidated. I am happy to say that making biscotti is so EASY! I followed the directions of the recipe except I didn't have orange zest. Instead, I added 1-2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier. The biscotti was a HUGE hit. I tested it at a party & everyone thought I should sell it to Starbucks---so much fresher and tastier! After mixing the dough, I let it sit in the mixing bowl for 10-12 minutes so that it could set up. It made it easier to handle (wet hands helped with the stickiness). Also, I baked the biscotti dough on Silpat sheets and had no problems with sticking. I used a serrated knife & had no problems slicing the biscotti. Also, I added a few extra minutes to the second baking because I like a drier biscotti. I can't wait to experiment with more biscotti recipes!!  -  02 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO WAS WHEN I GAVE THIS RECIPE A FIVE-STAR RATING.....AND I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BISCOTTI RECIPES, IF NOT THE BEST, YOU WILL EVER FIND. AFTER GIVING IT AS GIFTS THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE IS MY FAMILY WANTS IT FOR A GIFT...WORD GOT AROUND QUICKLY IN OUR FAMILY ABOUT IT, AND SO A CHRISTMAS DOES NOT PASS WITHOUT IT....SOMETIMES, I GIVE IT AS GIFTS, FOR "JUST BECAUSE". IT TRULY IS A GREAT RECIPE.  -  26 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    74

    These were fantastic! Thanks,Thea. Spreading the chocolate on each cookie was a bit time-consuming, so on my subsequent batches, I laid out all the cooled cookeies, cut side up, on the baking sheet. I put the slightly cooled melted chocolate in a cake decorating bag with a plain tip and "squiggled" it over the cookies. It was fast, looked great and there was just enough chocolate on each cookie to enhance the orange flavor without overpowering it.  -  04 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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