Sunday, January 24, 2010

Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti for a Sunday afternoon

Yesterday, Jason and I went to Da Capo for lunch. He had a gift certificate kicking around from a bike race last year and we just so happened to be in the area and starved half to death. It's a little Italian cafe owned by a cyclist and seems to be very popular with local bikers as Jason recognized almost everyone in the place. We had pizza (delicious) and some drinks. On the counter was a big glass container full of double chocolate biscotti. I don't usually like chocolate but for some reason these just looked so rich and perfect that we had to get one. It was so good that I found myself inspired to make some at home today. I found this recipe and gave it a try:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar (I didn't have any of this but it would have added a nice decorative touch)
Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter and flour a large baking sheet.
In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined well. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

On prepared baking sheet with floured hands form dough into two slightly flattened logs, each 12 inches long and 2 inches wide, and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Bake logs 35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool biscotti on baking sheet 5 minutes.

On a cutting board cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4-inch slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool biscotti on a rack. Biscotti keep in airtight containers 1 week and frozen, 1 month.

MY REVIEW: These didn't compare to Da Capo's but I'm on the right track. I think the initial 35 minutes was a little much as they were pretty dark on the bottom. They are also mini biscotti! I thought the 12" x 2" log would grow a little but it pretty much stayed the same size.

JASON'S REVIEW: They were very gooood (he requested there be lots of o's).

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