Biscotti Toscani |

Biscotti Toscani

— Ingredients:

1/2 C. butter

3/4 C. white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. almond extract

2 tsp. orange zest

2 1/4 C. all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1 C. semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 C. toasted almond pieces


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and zest. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in almonds. Divide dough into two pieces. Form into long flat loaves about 1/2 inch tall and 12 inches long. Place the loaves 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a light golden brown in color. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

With a serrated knife, cut diagonally into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, turning over once. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Place chocolate chips into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 second until smooth. Decorate biscotti with melted chocolate. Let stand at room temperature until set. Store biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container.

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