INGREDIENTS FOR ALMOND BISCOTTI
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon brandy
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup coarsely chopped blanched almonds
3 large eggs
2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (90 grams) whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS for ALMOND BISCOTTI
In a large mixing bowl, using a hand or stand mixer on low setting, stir together sugar and butter. Add brandy, lemon juice and zest, and extracts. Continue mixing while adding almonds and eggs. Increase speed on mixer and gradually add in flour, baking powder and salt until well combined. The dough will be sticky and slightly moist.
Transfer the dough onto plastic wrap. Chill the wrapped dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 10-15 minutes in the freezer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Transfer the chilled dough onto a lightly floured counter top. With a bench scraper, halve the dough. Lightly flour your hands and gently roll out the dough into a log shape, about 3 inches wide by 10 inches long. Carefully transfer into a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden.
Remove loaves from the oven and allow to cool on wire racks for 15 minutes.
With a serrated knife, cut the loaves into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices.
Arrange biscotti, cut side down, on a clean unlined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for an additional 20 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
Transfer to cooling racks.
Optional: When biscotti are completely cooled, melt 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips in microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat if not completely melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of the biscotti.
Recipe courtesy of FoodandGladness.com