Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rani's Biscotti

even though karen learned the hard way that you can light biscotti on fire, it's really a very good recipe. i plan to use it for little "house gifts" when i go visiting friends and family! i actually made a half batch and it was still plenty of biscotti...

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti

10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth natural-style peanut butter, room temperature - i used chunky ;)
1 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cups chopped dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate chunks (about 6 ounces)

1. Position racks evenly in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. (note: i used my pampered chef baking sheet, no parchment to light on fire!)

2. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally. Continue to cook until the butter browns and gets a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.

4. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar while beating. Then slowly add the butter and vanilla until evenly mixed, about 30 seconds more. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.

5. While mixing slowly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, in 2 additions, mixing just until absorbed. Fold in the peanuts and chocolate pieces.

6. Divide the dough evenly into thirds and put each portion in the center of a baking sheet. Shape the dough with slightly wet hands into logs about 2-inches wide and 15 inches long. Bake until set and brown around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. (For even baking take care to rotate the pans--top to bottom and front to back--about half way though.) Cool logs on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes.

7. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board. Cut logs crosswise, with a long serrated knife at about a 45 degree angle, into 1/2-inch thick cookies. Place cookies cut side down on the baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Flip the cookies over and bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Cool biscotti on the baking sheets.


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Karen said...

I have another recipe, from a 1940s Italian cookbook, that I want to give you. I made it with my friend from church, and ended up sending it all to work with T, just so I wouldn't eat it myself. I'll email it to you.