One of Matts very favourite treats is biscotti.
There are few finer things in life than dipping Biscotti into an espresso while taking in your surroundings. Think Italian sunshine, Italian Coffee – what the heck! – maybe even some Vin Santo dessert wine to dip them in…
As you can see, this recipe started with the usual egg muddle. Our girls are laying a wonderful array of eggs at the moment, but they don’t like uniformity. Each one of those lovely lassies is as unique as the next – but that means an array of egg sizes! I spent a little while translating my eggs into shop bought eggs, but eventually decided that one of our ex-battery eggs, and 2 banty eggs are equal to 3 medium eggs. #countrygirlproblems
Dark Chocolate & Orange Biscotti
These beauties were 100x easier than I ever imagined they would be – and even more tasty than I thought they could be. What I particularly love about Biscotti is that they keep for flipping ages! Bake a batch of these on a Sunday morning, and if you don’t snaffle them all by the end of the day; you can continue eating them until the following weekend. Not something you can say about those soggy chocolate chip cookies sulking in the bottom of the biscuit tin…
- 250g plain flour
- 220g caster sugar
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 3 medium eggs
- 150g dark chocolate - chopped up small
- 50g chopped nuts
- zest of one orange
- Mix the top 4 ingredients together gently - till they are just combined
- Add in the bottom 3 ingredients, or whatever you fancy. Again mix till just combined - the mixture will seem a little dry, but this is good!
- Form the mixture into a roll - see picture below for guidance 🙂
- Pop in the oven @ 160c for approx 25minutes
- Remove from the oven & allow to cool a little, allowing the biscotti log to firm slightly. Then slice into pieces 2/3cm thick, this is just down to personal preference.
- Lay the biscotti slices on a baking tray & return to the oven - they need approx 10 minutes on each side, but it is best to keep an eye on them. You are looking for a light golden brown!
- Remove from oven & enjoy - Perfect dipped in a thick hot chocolate
What are you favourite weekend bakes? Do you cook treats for the week ahead?