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This recipe comes from my husband's grandmother. In Swedish it is called Svenska Mandel Skorpar or Swedish Toast. It resembles biscotti but has cardamon in it not chocolate nor anise. It is wonderful with tea and keeps well if stored in a dry container. The best flavor of cardamon is fresh--remove the outside pod, put the seeds into a plastic ziplock bag, put the sealed bag on cement floor, and pound with a hammer and you have ground cardamon. This is the method my MIL taught me:) The original recipe says "a pinch of salt and soda" so that is why I have it here that way:) In Step 5 you are supposed to use sugar lumps but not even sure if they sell that anymore. Swedes use to drink a LOT of coffee and FIL loved his with lots of sugar. BTW, this is the small batch size. LOL!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In large bowl cream sugar and butter; add both eggs.
- Add in flour, sour cream, baking powder, "a pinch of salt", "a pinch of baking soda", the almonds, and the ground cardamon.
- Roll into 4 long narrow rolls.
- Brush tops with egg white and sprinkle with sugar (coarse if you have it is best, but use what you have).
- Use 2 cookie sheets, put 2 rolls on each cookie sheet b/c you need space later.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden.
- Raise temperature of oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut into thin slices.
- Put back onto cookie sheets to toast.
- Bake 10 minutes, then flip to other side and bake about 5 minutes.
- You want it to be a light brown.
I don't have to worry about recipes like this anymore, now that I have measuring 'spoons' that include a smidgen, pinch, dash & tad ~ now measuring's a breeze! Followed the recipe (mostly!) & ingredients listed & ended with a very nice taste treat! Half the recipe I left as sliced 'cookies' but the other half I cut into smaller, crouton-size bites just to see how they'd be! Both ways, very, very nice! Thanks for sharing your 'biscotti' recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hit Wonders cooking game]
Loved this!!! I can't wait to have it with coffee in the morning. Just lovely, the almonds and cardamom add just what it needs. Might also be nice with vanilla extract or lemon extract. They are great just the way they are though and I will be making these a lot. Thanks for a keeper! Made for ZWT6 Queens of Quisine!!
ZWT6: The combination of the almonds and exotic cardamom is out of this world!! Excellent with coffee or a nice big glass of milk!