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BISCOTTI

December 19, 2012

I’m still getting used to my new ovens but as I was going to be in the kitchen baking bread this morning I thought I’d make good use of my waiting time to make some biscotti for the guys at my hairdressers. They all love their coffees so hopefully these will go down ok!

INGREDIENTS

350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
250g golden caster sugar
85 g sultanas
85 g dark chocolate (roughly chopped)

Chop chocolate

Chop chocolate

85 g hazlenuts
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange

METHOD

1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
3. Put the flour, baking powder, spice and sugar in a large bowl, then mix well.
4. Stir in the eggs and zest until the mixture starts forming clumps, then bring the dough together with your hands – it will seem dry at first but keep kneading until no floury patches remain.

Mix nuts, fruit and choc into dough

Mix nuts, fruit and choc into dough

5. Add the fruit, chocolate and nuts and work in until evenly distributed.
6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into four pieces. With lightly floured hands, roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm long. Place 2 on each tray, well spaced apart.
7. Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough has risen and spread and feels firm. It should still look pale. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack for a few mins until cool enough to handle, then turn down the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1.
8. Using a bread knife, cut into slices about 1cm thick on the diagonal, then lay the slices flat on the tray. Bake for another 15 mins, turn over, then bake again for another 15 mins until dry and golden. Tip onto a wire rack to cool completely, then store in an airtight tin for up to one month.

Gift wrapped

Gift wrapped

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