Recipe by *axxo*
These biscotti are the closest I have come to expensive biscotti you buy in gourmet shops. They are truly delicious and what a biscotti is supposed to be. I think it is the rice flour that gives them a unique texture.
- 3 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup rice flour
- 2 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons anise seeds
- 1 3⁄4 cups of raw almonds or 1 3⁄4 cups hazelnuts or 1 3⁄4 cups pine nuts, roasted in your oven until golden brown,chopped into big chunks
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Pour the flours into a big bowl and make a well in the center large enough to place the sugar, 3 of the 4 eggs, the 2 egg yolks, the baking powder, salt, vanilla and anise seed.
- Gently knead the dough for 5 minutes, This is a hard dough so it needs to be convinced to gather together (I have used my kitchen-aid mixer with the dough hook with good results).
- Slowly add the nuts (almonds are my favorite) and keep on kneading until well incorporated, You may need some additional flour to keep it from sticking to the bowl.
- Butter and flour 2 cookie sheets that are at least 15 inches, Divide the dough into 4 even pieces and roll each one into a log, Place the logs well apart, 2 to each sheet,.
- Beat with the remaining egg and brush the top of the logs with egg.
- Bake the biscotti loaves for 35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325.
- Slice the biscotti and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes of baking time, Cool on racks.
- Variations: Melt a couple of bars of Gianduia chocolate or any Italian chocolate with nuts or praline in it, melt in a double boiler with a teapsoon of vegetable shortening, Dip half the biscotti into the chocolate and put it on a cooling rack until the chocolate hardens.