Dec 17, 2016

Christmas Gingerbread Biscotti

Cook's Notes: I was looking on Pinterest for a Biscotti recipe and ran across this one. I have never made biscotti, so I thought I'd give it a try. This recipe is easy and just perfect and I usually change something about every single recipe and make it my own...but not this time! I will give full credit to "If You Give a Blonde A Kitchen". Her recipe is spot on and I am sharing it with you - check her out! 
My first attempt at Biscotti was not visually pretty, I will have to work on my technique, but they sure did taste great! 

Recipe Here:

What You Will Need:
·         2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
·         1 1/4 cups brown sugar
·         2 teaspoons ginger
·         1 teaspoon cinnamon
·         1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
·         1/4 teaspoon allspice
·         1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/4 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon sea salt
·         2 eggs
·         2 tablespoons molasses
·         1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1.      Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Spray baking sheet with Flour Non-Stick Cooking Spray.
2.      In a bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.
3.      In your stand mixer with a paddle attachment, stir together eggs, molasses, and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until it forms a doughy ball.*
4.    Flour work surface and transfer dough to the surface.
5.      Divide dough in half and form each half into a fat log about 10 inches by 2 inches. (For an idea of how it should look - see photo here Miss In the Kitchen): 
6.      Place logs about 4 inches apart on the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, the surface will spring back when gently touched. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
7.      Once cooled, move log from baking sheet to cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut log into 3/4 inch slices on the diagonal. Place slices back on parchment lined pans, cut sides down. Repeat with second log.
8.      Bake 10-15 minutes, flipping biscotti over half way through. The baking time depends on how dry you like your biscotti. Longer baking time (15 min.) makes a harder, crunchier biscotti.
9.      Let biscotti cool on a wire rack.
For the Glaze: 
    Vanilla Bean Glaze (from: If you Give a Blone A Kitchen)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Pinch of salt
  1. For the glaze, whisk together confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, butter, milk and salt until combined. Add more milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Drizzle biscotti with icing mix.

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