Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
From here: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/blogs/gluten-free/
- 1⁄2 cup almond flour
- 1⁄4 cup sorghum flour
- 1⁄4 cup tapioca flour
- 1⁄4 cup potato starch
- 1⁄4 cup sweet rice flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 lemon, zest of
- 3⁄4 cup pecans, crushed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat on a baking sheet.
- Sift each of the flours through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Sift the almond flour particularly well, pushing the last of it through the sieve with the bottom of a heavy glass. Toss in the baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Stir all the ingredients together. Sift the dry ingredients through the sieve again, which will make them one flour.
- Place the softened butter in your stand mixer, with the paddle attachment. Start the mixer, beating the butter, and then pour in the sugar. Cream them together until they are smooth, about 3 minutes. Plop in the eggs, one at a time, and continue beating, until the mixture is lovely and fluffy. Toss in the lemon zest and mix. Reduce the mixer speed to as low as it goes.
- Sift the dry ingredients into the creamed butter and sugar, 1/3 cup at a time, allowing the mixer to run in between batches. When you have finished, the dough will be soft and gathering around the paddle attachment.
- Grab half the dough with your hands and shape it into a long, low log on the baking sheet. Aim for a rough approximation of a log, a little squat and comfortingly uneven. Form a log with the rest of the dough and place it on the baking sheet.
- Slide the baking sheet into the oven, on the middle rack. Bake the biscotti until the biscotti logs are golden and somewhat firm, but still somewhat soft, about 15 minutes. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and allow the biscotti to cool for 10 minutes. Move them to a cooling rack and turn your back on them for at least 30 minutes.
- When the biscotti are entirely cool to the touch, move the biscotti logs back to the baking sheet. Take a large serrated knife and make slices on the bias, all down the logs. Be gentle. This is a delicate operation. Stand the biscotti slices on their squat bottoms, on the baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet back into the oven. Bake the biscotti until they are unequivocally browned and crunchy, about 15 minutes.
- Cool entirely before attempting to eat.
These biscotti are Super Yummy ;-) I used GF oat flour instead of the sorghum (no sorghum available over here), and subbed half of the almond meal for chestnut flour (personal favourite). For shaping the biscotti I dumped the very soft dough as one big blob on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smoothed the surface with a wet rubber spatula. I also added an extra half tsp xanthan gum to my second batch which helped a lot in the process of cutting the cookies without them falling apart. Baking the uncut 'log' took over half an hour; took it out when it began to smell good, and the consistency was just right, lightly browned and still somewhat soft in the middle. Baking off the biscotti I just peeked into the oven now and then, and took them out when they smelled incredibly good :) Thank you!
I can't believe I forgot to rate these - made them half a dozen times already and can't get enough of them! Thanks for the clear instructions, I follow them to the letter and always appreciate very much how precise they are. Measurements and times work perfect for me - you see, this one is a definite keeper! Thanks for sharing this great gluten free treat!