Thursday, 18 July 2013

Home Made Biscotti

Biscotti


These gorgeous Biscotti are a delightful kitchen staple.  
Great for dipping into Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

I had the most beautiful walk along the break wall prior to work this morning.  Half a dozen young men board riding on Tuncurry beach, a full, waning tide and other happy walkers who cheerfully received and proffered  a ‘good morning’ comment.  






Fishermen in the channel, some serious ones had a live bait tank with bait fish and three nice Mulloway trophies framed on the grass.  
One lone man swimming laps in the rockpool on the lake side. 

 It is such a picturesque, gorgeous scene and this memory will sustain me through this lovely working day.

It is moments like these that create peace and contentment, much like munching on crisp biscotti.

Biscotti

250g castor sugar
60g butter, softened
zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs
400g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
150g  almonds
3 tablespoons sweet wine or sweet sherry


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Mix butter and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth.  Add the grated zest of 1 lemon, 2 eggs then beat well by hand with a spoon.  Mix in flour, sifted baking powder and salt.  Mix in the whole almonds and sweet wine gently until just combined.
Line a baking tray with paper or a silicon sheet.  
Form 3 equal log shapes out of the mixture, dusting your hands with flour and making them roughly 5cm wide by 20cm long.  Place on baking tray and cook for 20 minutes until they are lightly golden and firm.
Remove from the oven and slice, while still warm, at a slight angle, about 1.5cm wide biscuits.  A serrated knife works well.
Place biscuits, cut side up, onto fresh ungreased baking trays.  Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes to firm up, remove when fully cooked but not browned.
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container when cold.  These will keep for two weeks.


Biscotti loaves











Lovely biscotti, perfect for anytime of the day.
Buon appetito Merryn