Delicious Italian Biscotti recipe that tastes like a cup of fresh cappuccino. Great as a Christmas gift too. Just wrap a biscotto in cellophane and tie with a bow.
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, softened
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso or 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1⁄2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup cinnamon baking chips (If cinnamon chips are unavailable in your area, use an additional 1/2 cup miniature chocolate morsel)
- Preheat oven to 325°F on convection bake setting.
- note that if you do not have a convection oven setting baking times will have to be increased a bit at all stages in the recipe.
- Combine butter, sugars and espresso or coffee granules in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add vanilla and mix briefly.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix until well blended.
- Fold in pecans, chocolate morsels and cinnamon chips.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop dough out onto paper and form into a large rectangle, ¾-inch thick.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until firm.
- Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.
- Use a serrated knife to cut the dough into ½-inch thick slices.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and return to the oven for 8 minutes.
- Turn and bake 8 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks before storing in an airtight container.
Ok.. yes... 5-star..BUT.. I made my 'rectangle' 5-inches x 10-inches. As AnnB said.. I would also split the dough and make two logs out of it. I used an 11x17 pan and used wet hands to shape the batter. If you want huge beautiful biscotti (like 1Steve says).. just make one loaf.. but.. I like to share with many coworkers and a dozen just won't cut it. So I would make 2 loaves side by side on a large cookie sheet. Oooohhhhh.. and how about dipping half in melted white chocolate?
These are wonderful, and so much better than packaged biscotti in the store. Very easy to make, next time I will divide the dough into two long pieces, as the edges were done before the center. My whole family loves it, even our Westie terrier who wants biscotti instead of milkbones.
Very good, it was my first attempt at making biscotti and my whole family raved about them (I gave them out with other goodies for x-mas), and my grandma is now hooked on these and the double chocolate chunk that I made, she even said that they were much better than store-bought!!! (i also didnt used the cinnamom bark since i couldn't find it)