3.10.2010

Whole wheat almond chocolate chunk biscotti

I have a new best friend. She is crunchy and sweet and her name is Biscotti! If I would have known making biscotti was so simple I would have been making it at least once a week!

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My sweet neighbor gave me this pretty plant. I love these delicate purple flowers!

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This recipe doesn't contain butter like my last biscotti did so it's quite a bit crunchier. I think it's good both ways.

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The whole wheat pastry flour worked out really well in these. Sometime I would like to try a little almond flour and see what happens. I just love to experiment!

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My mother told me today that this is her favorite kind so I sent her out a package in the mail. I'm hoping it doesn't get crushed or eaten by the postman (or woman!). ;0)

This tea cup was my grandma Lucy's. I think it's just gorgeous! Unfortunately, the saucer broke so this is one from another teacup. It would be great to locate another matching saucer.

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Whole wheat chocolate chunk almond biscotti
inspired by a recipe from Joy of Baking that was adapted from David Lebovitz 'Room for Dessert' Whew!

Makes about 16 biscotti

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3/4 cup sliced toasted almonds
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs on high until thick, pale and fluffy. About 5 minutes. Beat in the almond extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the egg mixture and beat until combined. Fold in the almonds and chocolate chunks.

Divide dough in half and transfer to the baking sheet. Form each into an 8 x 2 inch log. You will want to dampen your hands as this dough is quite wet and sticky. Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Transfer logs onto a cutting board and using a serrated knife cut 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal. Place biscotti cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack for about an hour.

Store in an airtight container.

If you have any favorite biscotti recipe ideas, I'd love to hear about them!

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47 comments:

Joanne said...

I LOVE biscotti! And even more, I love that these are whole wheat!

You should definitely experiment with almond flour. I bet it would give them a nice hint of nuttiness.

Krista said...

This post reminded me that it has been far too long since I made biscotti. Not only does the biscotti look delicious, but the pictures are beautiful. They made me wish I was there.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh yum, do hope your Mom gets her's...that was so sweet.

I love your Grandma's cup, it's gorgeous.
xoxo

healthyexposures said...

This is a great recipe! I love biscotti, and love that this is whole wheat and butter-free :) Would be interesting in flour experimentation as well - coconut might be another fun one to try!
Beautiful pictures, btw :)

tasteofbeirut said...

Kim

I love biscottis too and used to make them on a weekly basis; I tweaked the recipe so many times i cant keep track. The latest batch I made I sed olive oil for the fat; usually I make them with no fat, just eggs. Anyway@ Yours looks real good and that teacup is lovely; perfect pair!

Kristin said...

Love biscotti! Being 1/2 Italian, I grew up with my grandmother making this all of my life! I'm thinking I need to make this and bring it to her to see what she thinks!

Jenn said...

Sometimes I wishes is was mandatory to have tea time here in the states. hahaha....a perfect excuse to have some biscotti and tea.

I love your grandma's tea cup too. It's really beautiful.

MaryMoh said...

I need a cup of coffee now. I love biscotti dipped in coffee....soooo delicious. Your biscotti looks very tempting.

Fimère said...

tes biscuits ont l'air délicieux c'est à croquer avec une tasse de thé
bonne journée

Brandie said...

You've totally inspired me to try making biscotti - my husband would love it if I did (with coffee for us). Thanks!

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow! this recipe is great! i love it! and yor pictures are simpoly beautiful! i love these vintage cups and plates!
have a sweet day with your biscotti!
justyna

Jo said...

What a sweet neighbor to give you such a lovely plant.

I love, love biscotti! I've never tried (or even thought to) a recipe for biscotti with whole wheat. Does this mean I can have more than one now since they are "healthy"? :)

Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to make them this weekend.

Jo

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

All hail the new biscotti queen! Delicious.

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Yummy Kim! :) I gotta try biscotti soon! xx

Maria said...

I haven't made biscotti in a long time. I need to get a batch going. These look great!

TKW said...

For breakfast, please!! Yum!

Bob said...

Looks awesome, biscotti is the bomb. Heh, I've kind of made it a point not to learn how to make it or else I'd be doing it all the time!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

that looks fabulous and easy to make too. lvoe the pictures with the purple flowers.

jacqueline said...

Such gorgeous photos! Oh and that biscotti looks sooo yummie! I really adore your lovely tea cup as well! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

noble pig said...

I have still never mae biscotti...what am I waiting for????

ck said...

You are getting some amazing shots with your new camera. (It doesn't hurt that you have a delicious-looking subject to shoot.)

Holly said...

I really love biscotti but never have made it! Especially the vanilla biscotti from Starbucks:)

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Just beautiful! Love the idea of using whole wheat in this. Maybe I won't have the after guilt if its somewhat healthy! LOL!

Claudia said...

Yes,please. I've never made them whole wehat - so I am on a new adventure. Delizioso!

Cathy said...

I've never made my own biscotti, but these are just too yummy looking to pass up. I like it crunchy so this will be perfect. Thanks for the recipe, Kim.

Faith said...

These look incredible and it's a huge bonus that they're healthy too! Thanks for sharing this Kim, I'm bookmarking it in hopes of making it this weekend!

Pam said...

I adore your pics! And here I thought you had found a new lover, you did, only it's a food and a great one at that! They look soooo delicious! I've never made biscotti and have always wanted to try it. I love Grandma's tea cup, beautiful. I just want to get up the nerve to try your recipe! And I think I just might!!!! Thanks!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Your pictures are so pretty! I love fancy china teacups like that. Your biscotti look delicious - perfect for dunking in your tea!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I am a huge fan of biscotti. I made a pumpkin biscotti dipped in chocolate in the fall (it's on my blog) and that got me hooked! They are easy to make and so delicious. I'll make this- it looks wonderful!
Yvonne

5 Star Foodie said...

These biscotti sound so deliciously crunchy! That teacup is really gorgeous!

Christy said...

Biscottis are great!!! =)
I love your tea cup too, hmmmm, such a perfect combination for a lovely tea hour with a good book or movie! =D

petite nyonya said...

i LOVE your gorgeous teacup & saucer! i'll go crazy if i could lay my hands on them! biscottis are just great to have with a cup of tea or coffee.

Lisa said...

Biscotti is my favorite low guilt cookie. Good for breakfast, dessert, snacks, with ice cream or truffles..... There's hardly any reason not to make these!

Di said...

This sounds wonderful, but so does the Meyer's Lemon and Coconut!

Kristin said...

I sure would love to be dipping one of those babies into my java right now!

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

I love biscotti.
See soon.

Bit of Butter said...

Your best friend and my best friend are the same! :-) YUM!

biz319 said...

Try my biscotti - I made it for Christmas gifts - it has craisins and pistachios - so good!

http://biz319.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/baking-soda-and-baking-powder-are-not-equal/

Now you reminded me that I haven't them in ages! I'll have to get on that!

Have a great weekend!

Erica said...

I love biscotti! Wow! Your pictures are so beautiful.I would love a couple of those with black Colombian coffee :)

Pam said...

Biscotti is my very favorite thing to bake (true, it's my only thing ai bake). Love, love, love the teacup. Seriously.

Allyson said...

Oh Kim, this is bad news bears.I'm a freak for biscotti!! I haven't even had a chance to make the other one yet, but we may be breaking out the new espresso machine tomorrow morning so what better chance to give it a shot? I'll try to first one first, though...and then go for there. I like a little chewy to my biscotti.

And y'know...it being Lent and all, I made shrimp and grits for dinner. My first experience making grits...and cheese grits at that. My butt is about to grow exponentially.

Jeannie said...

You do take very gorgeous pictures. Tbe flowers are so pretty and so is your teacup. Love that biscotti too! I have yet to try making some. Maybe I'll do it one of these days. Looks like too much work :P I am a lazy person basically.

Katy ~ said...

You are just the dearest.

I'm a biscotti fan too, I'm really going to have to get on the biscotti bandwagon because they ARE sooo good.

And of course, don't I just love your teacup!!

Caroline said...

Love this! I will have to try this recipe using our favorite healthy Kamut Khorasan Wheat flour! I highly recommend this - as we just tried it and the taste and texture is amazing :) TY for sharing!

koralee said...

Your biscotti looks amazing...your images are beautiful.xoxoxo

Pamela said...

Looks wonderful and so tasty next to your pretty tea cup. Great pictures.

alissa said...

mmm that looks fabulous! on my list of recipes to try:)

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