|Delicious cup-a-tea with a biscotti. Notice the scalloped top. I explain later how I did that :o)|
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This recipe came together very easily. For convenience, I used my KitchenAid to make the dough.
|The dry ingredients plus my addition of golden flax seeds to make them health-IER :o)|
|Fairly sticky dough. Dry dough could cause crumbling later after baking.|
|With oiled hands and work surface, I rolled it into a ball and cut it in half.|
|Formed 3" wide logs, about 10" long instead of 12" because I like my biscotti to have some height.|
|Brush with egg wash. Then, for a scalloped top, run a fork over the top of the log.|
|After an 18 min bake in the oven, I took them and let them cool for 20 min or so.|
|Slicing was a breeze as long as you use a sharp knife. No crumbling.|
|Ready for the second bake.|
|Ta-da! Bon Appetit! :o)|
- Hubby liked the flavor of this biscotti a lot. He said that he preferred my "regular" biscotti over this one because of the texture. He thought this one was a bit more crunchy. Still he gave this one an 8 out of 10 rating.
- I liked the biscotti too. Skipping the almond extract made the orange flavor come through really well which I liked. Leaving the almonds whole was great from a texture perspective as well as labor perspective! My pre-chopped dates (they come in a paper canister) were a bit hard so I put them in some boiling water for 5 min and then squeeze them in a paper towel. To be on the safe side, I used only half the amount and compensated with cranberries, just in case. From a texture perspective they were just a tinge harder than my normal biscotti.
- Cutting the biscotti was no issue at all. They didn't crumble. I like my biscotti to be about 1/2" (1cm) wide and so I ended up with 30-33 pieces, including the 4 end caps.
- My changes:
- Used half butter (28 gr), half oil (28 gr).
- Skipped the almond extract.
- Added 1 tbsp golden flax seeds.
- Used half dates (42 gr) and half cranberries (42 gr).
- Two large eggs weigh 100 gr. Since I was using XL eggs, I weighed the eggs and used the leftover for the egg wash without needing to break another egg :)
- Biscotti decoration/scalloped top: once you brush the top of the logs with egg wash, take a fork and run it over the top as straight as you can.
- The recipe can be found HERE.
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