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(Experiment 178) Traditional almond biscotti

I personally prefer the traditional way to make biscotti. No oil or butter in the recipe. It definitely makes them harder but once dipped into coffee they are perfect 😉
Fun fact, the reason why they didn’t put any oil is that they could keep on these cookies for a long period of time. Especially useful for the long boat trip back in the day.

You need

  • (optional) 1/4tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 260g all-purpose flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 105g raw whole almonds
  • 35g dried cranberries
  • 155g sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven at 350F, as we will toast the almonds.  Lay parchment paper on a baking tray, put the almond and cook them for 8 minutes. Let them cool down and chop them roughly.
  2. Combine the flour and baking soda together.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment the eggs with the sugar, mix until it gets thicker (3-4 minutes). Add the vanilla and almond extract.
  4. It’s now time to add the flour to the party, mix until there is no visible flour anymore (you don’t want to overmix). At this point add the almonds and dried cranberries and mix for a few seconds then remove from the stand mixer.
  5. On a floured surface dump the mixture, cover with some more flour and knead it until it holds together.  As there is no butter or oil in this recipe it should not require too much flour or kneading. Cut in half. Form a log with the dough about 3″ wide and 10″ long ( no need to get the ruler out), repeat with the second dough. Lightly dust with flour so it doesn’t stick. Press them down slightly if they are too high for your taste.
  6. Put the rolls on parchment paper and onto a baking tray. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven. Take them out of the oven, let them cool for 10 minutes and using a serrated knife, make some bevelled cut ( you can cut them straight it’s just prettier this way). Cut the slice about 1/2″ thick.
  7. Lay them back on the baking tray for their second cooking session. Bake for 7-10 minutes on each side. Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Once cooled they will get hard.
  8. Make sure to store in an airtight container

Note: Depending on the thickness of your slices and oven temperature difference, it may require a little more or less baking time.

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