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Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

0 Posted by - December 16, 2012 - Food, Other
For my last DIY gift idea this year, I thought I’d share an (edible) recipe that I seem to end up making every year. I’ve tried a few recipes over the years but the best I’ve come across is slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen, an awesome food blog which now has its own book! Biscotti are perfect as presents as most recipes are dairy free, almost fat free and pretty low in sugar as far as baked goods go. They will also keep for 2 weeks or more so are ideal for making ahead. If cocoa and hazelnuts aren’t your thing, there are hundreds of variations on the net. But traditional biscotti do not contain butter or oil…so watch out for the impostors!
(Makes 40-60 biscotti depending how thick and at what angle you slice it!)
1 cup whole hazelnuts
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon espresso powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
Preheat oven to 180°C.Toast hazelnuts on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven, wrap in a cotton tea towel and run until most of the skins come away. Set aside. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, cocoa, espresso powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder) and set aside. Beat the eggs together. Remove two tablespoons of egg mixture into small dish and set aside. Beat sugar into remaining eggs until well combined. Stir in flour mixture to form soft dough. Divide the dough in half and place one portion on a well-floured work surface and pat it into a six-inch square. Scatter half the hazelnuts on the dough and press them into the surface. Roll the dough into a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter and 12 to 15 inches long. Line the baking sheet with baking paper and place the roll of dough on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Brush the tops of both rolls with the reserved egg. Place in the oven and bake about 20 minutes, until firm to the touch. Transfer to a cutting board and cut on an angle into slices one-half-inch thick. Return the slices to the baking sheet, laying them on their cut sides, and return them to the oven. Bake another 20 minutes, until they are crisp and dry. Allow to cool completely before storing or serving.

26 Comments

  • Laura Amy. December 16, 2012 - 11:07 am Reply

    Thanks for this, I’m so gonna make them later! xx

  • Daria December 16, 2012 - 11:24 am Reply

    Oh wow these look so yummy! Definitely saving this recipe for Christmas Day baking ;) X

  • fuchsiaforest December 16, 2012 - 11:43 am Reply

    These look amazing! My mum is Italian so loves biscotti but these look like a really nice alternative to the traditional chocolate-less version!!xx

    fuchsiaforest.blogspot.co.uk

  • BowsAreCute Katrien December 16, 2012 - 12:04 pm Reply

    Looks so good! The video is really nice and handy too!

  • Lana | Sweet As Lime December 16, 2012 - 12:26 pm Reply

    Those look amazing. I’ve never had chocolate ones before! I will definitely try these!

  • kiera December 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm Reply

    Yummo! I had a big cooking day making jams and chutneys but I might give this a go tomorrow, and give them as gifts naturally after i have eaten half of them,

    xk

    http://dressreview.blogspot.com/

  • La beauté obsession December 16, 2012 - 12:45 pm Reply

    They look so delicious. I’ve always wanted to make Biscotti! Your photographs are always so beautiful! xx

    http://labeauteobsession.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Charlee Greenhalgh December 16, 2012 - 12:47 pm Reply

    Wow these look so yummy :D Have tried Biscotti yet so may have to over Xmas :)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.co.uk
    xxxx

  • charissa December 16, 2012 - 1:10 pm Reply

    They look so good! I’m so tempted to do them as a nice little homemade christmas treat to go with the other presents. xx

    http://www.charissarae.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kelli / Fog & Forest December 16, 2012 - 1:13 pm Reply

    We used to make something just like this at the bakery I worked for, adding chocolate chips for good measure!
    Delicious.

  • Becky F December 16, 2012 - 1:18 pm Reply

    They look so delicious. I plan of making them for my sister for christmas. :)
    xx

  • Nathalie December 16, 2012 - 1:46 pm Reply

    This recipe is amazing! I’m invited to a sort of a fancy christmas party on Friday and will definitely bring these as a gift. So thank you for sharing this!

    Nathalie x

  • daniella-r December 16, 2012 - 2:38 pm Reply

    Yum this sounds so nice, I’m not normally a fan of plain biscotti, but chocolate ones might just do it for me :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kerys Marie December 16, 2012 - 2:59 pm Reply

    amazing, I’m definitely trying this :)

    http://www.littleboblab.blogspot.com

  • Gina December 16, 2012 - 3:38 pm Reply

    Great recipe!! Thank u!!
    xx

    walkingthroughthecitystreets.blogspot.com

  • aly7 December 16, 2012 - 4:43 pm Reply

    This is such a great recipe! I have to try it (:

  • HeartsAndCrosses December 16, 2012 - 5:05 pm Reply

    Mmm, this looks so yummy! Makes me feel all festive as well, definitely going to try this!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

  • E V E L Y N December 16, 2012 - 6:03 pm Reply

    This looks so delicious, will have to give it a go! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Aimée December 16, 2012 - 9:13 pm Reply

    These look awesomee! Definitely gonna try this at Christmas time :)

    Aimée Xx
    dress-it-up-6.blogspot.co.uk

  • Laura December 16, 2012 - 9:57 pm Reply

    YUM! Will definitely be making this for Christmas!!

    http://www.tinytwisst.blogspot.com

  • Anna December 17, 2012 - 2:19 am Reply

    YUM! I LOVE biscotti but haven’t made it in years! This seems relatively easy so i will have to give it a go for Christmas!
    Anna

    http://opshopaholic.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Sascha December 17, 2012 - 9:34 am Reply

    Those look delicious! Lovely post.

  • Monta Rosa December 17, 2012 - 3:20 pm Reply

    I’m absolutely going to try baking this..But Nutella simply must be involved! :)
    Scrummy!
    x

    http://cakevsscales.blogspot.co.uk/

  • lucy December 18, 2012 - 7:06 pm Reply

    yummm! i really need to try this, it looks so delicious! xx

    http://chocolatelights.blogspot.com/

  • *Peonies and lilies* December 20, 2012 - 12:51 am Reply

    They look delicious! Have bookmarked this page so I make some as a little treat for myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe x

    peoniesandlilies.com

  • rhobb July 17, 2013 - 1:42 am Reply

    This command can be used for item your dog picks up or plays with, including Christmas decorations.

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