Jul 10, 2009

Almond Mocha Biscotti

My friend Monica is getting married in October. Yey I'm so exited I love weddings. She is one of the biggest fans of my cooking, she loves home made food ( the only food she loves is home made food) she's also the one who always tries my new recipes.
As a gift for her wedding guests she wanted something home made. After weeks of trying to decide on what actually to make and going back and forth we stopped at biscotti. A few different kinds of biscotti. Today we tried two different recipes both of them made the cut.
Here is one of them.


3/4 cups of silvered almonds (125 g)
2 cups all purpose flour (300 g)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (75 g)
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar (200 g)
1/2 pure vanilla extract
2 tsp instant coffee granules
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Butter a baking sheet or line with silicon matt.
In a large mixing bowl cream the eggs and sugar until pale and creamy ( about 3 minutes).

In a different mixing bowl sift the dry ingredients together: flour, cocoa, baking powder,salt.

With the mixer on low speed gradually beat in the dry ingredients, chocolate chips, instant coffee granules and silvered almonds, to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough in half. With moist hands shape each half into a 12 inch (30 cm) logs and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool for another 10 minutes.

With a serrated knife cut the biscotti in 1/2 inch tick slices. Place cut-side down on the same baking sheet and bake until crisp 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.

Serve with a cup of coffee.



Chow and Chatter said...

wow great job on the biscotti I made some recently and loved it yummy you really can cook LOL

Laura said...

And cooking is a passion of mine besides my kids and reading.

Anonymous said...

lovely looking biscotti. i shall make it soon. btw, i made russian tea cakes, they came out really nice the're hardly left.i have bookmarked a lot of them.


Laura said...

Hi Rekha,
I'm happy that Kenny liked the russian tea cakes.
the biscotti are delicious, the boys are having them with hot chocolate.

Mama Mel said...

That looks delicious! I'll have to try to make some for my husband and I... we never go without our morning coffee! :)

Laura said...

Thanks Mama Mel,
We need our morning coffee too. Can't start the day without it.

Tien said...

Hey, Laura,
Can you email me at thuytienthi@hotmail.com? I want to send you the pictures of the baby shower.

Victor Yu said...

Biscotti, I have never tried it before. I might consider to be put on my blog. I'll let you know!

Laura said...

Thanks Victor. I hope you'll will try them, they are delicious with coffee.

poorna said...

Laura,I m so delighted to discover that how colourful and delicious blog you have. I admire the unwavering effort of your little chef Alex being so thoughtful at this age.
You definetly have a gift of sharing your passion towards cooking which motivates me to go to the kitchen.
Sweet....and simply superb...!!

Purna(Jishna's mom)

Laura said...

Thank you for the kind words, Purna!
I'm glad that ou have find the time to visit my blog.

Aisa said...

Hi Laura,
I just came across your site. You have so many great recipes. I have a question about the biscotti. How do i make the biscotti hard as those sold in stores? Mine were not hard enough. once i dip it into the coffee,it quickly soften (no idea how to say it) Thank.

Laura said...

Hello Aisa,
Thanks for visiting my blog.The second bake is usually what determines how hard the biscotti are,so if you like them very hard keep them in the oven 5 to 7 minutes over the given time of the recipe ( keep an eye on them you don't want to end up with burnt biscotti)They should get harder a they cool down too.I hope this helps:)

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