Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
I loved biscotti before I became vegan, so I was thrilled when I found this version in "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", a vegan Italian cookbook.
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached cane sugar
- 3⁄4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
- 1 -3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups almonds, toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven the 325°F.
- Lightly oil two cookie sheets.
- Use double layer shiny ones, if you have them.
- If yours are very black, line them with foil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce, oil (1 TBS for a hard biscotti, 2-3 TBS for a softer biscuit), and extracts.
- Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, add the nuts; finish mixing with your hands.
- With floured hands, shape the dough into two 3-inch wide "logs" about 3/4 inch thick, with the ends squared off.
- Place these on the cookie sheets.
- Bake the logs for about 25 minutes.
- Remove the pans and reduce the oven heat to 300°F.
- Cool the logs on a rack for 15 minutes.
- Cut the logs carefully with a sharp knife straight across into 1/2 inch wide slices.
- Place the slices cut side down on the cookie sheets (you can remove the foil, if using).
- Bake 5-10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.
- Turn the slices over and cook 5-10 minutes more, or until golden on bottom.
- Cool on racks, then store airtight for up to two weeks.
Prior to going Vegan, I have made my family biscotti recipes for over 40 years....traditional using eggs, butter, etc. Friends loved them so much they thought I should start a business! Well, this recipe was super sticky (I added 1/3 cup more all purpose flour). I made them into 4 logs. They were uncooked in the middle after the 25 minutes. I suppose that is the purpose of baking them on each side. Traditional biscotti gets turned once. I will have to get a family consenus, but I did better with my original non-vegan recipe by substituting the flour and using egg replacer with Earth Balance Vegan "butter."
I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this recipe was. I thought for sure with the applesauce that they would have some sort of funny texture. But no. The texture was very traditional for biscotti- perfect. The only thing that I did differently was use just 1 cup of toasted, chopped almonds. I found 1 1/2 cups to be too much for the dough to hold together well. 1 cup was perfect. GREAT vegan biscotti recipe!!!
A perfect recipe! I needed biscotti (as normal biscuits would not work) because a friend of mine had given me a bottle of Italian liqueur-wine. I made the biscuits to dip in the wine. Absolute heaven!
I followed the recipes quite closely, except I used less sugar. I didn't have any all purpose flour either, but it worked well with plain flour and baking powder.
The result was a genuine authentic Italian biscotti. To my mind, a very well developed effective recipe. Why would anyone want to add egg to it (: