Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Lenox Almond Biscotti

biscotti with mug


[recipe on Gretchen's blog]

I must admit, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of biscotti is jaw pain and chipped teeth. I am not the biggest fan of these twice-baked treats, and neither is A. -- he refers to the second bake as the "ruiner of all good desserts". Despite our prejudices, I still decided to give them a try when Gretchen of Canela & Camino chose them for this week's TWD.

plate of biscotti

I ended up really liking these biscotti! A. liked the flavors, but he still liked them better after just one bake (he stole the cut-off ends while I was cutting the rest of them). I personally love almond flavoring in cookies, so that definitely didn't hurt in my good opinion of them, but I also thought the texture was really nice while still warm — they stayed just chewy enough inside to offset the crunchy exterior.

biscotti batter

I ended up halving the recipe due to the aforementioned prejudices against biscotti. To play around a bit, I used turbinado sugar instead of regular sugar, and I also substituted 100g of coarsely chopped white chocolate for the almonds.

biscotti log before first bake

I, like a lot of other people, experienced a lot of spreading instead of puffing in this recipe, but I didn't really mind.

biscotti log after first bake

Here they are at A.'s favorite stage, pre-second bake:

biscotti after cutting

And after, golden and crunchy on the outside:

biscotti after second bake


In all, I definitely recommend this recipe, even if you think you don't like biscotti! They were very tasty, and I was pleased with the outcome, even if they were a bit thin. Don't forget to check out Gretchen's blog for the recipe, and the rest of the TWD blogroll!

On another note, my apologies for not posting very often in the past few weeks. I never have too much time for baking during rugby season!

biscotti after second bake

45 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

HAHA!!! I definitely think the saaaaame thing when it comes to biscotti (especially since I'm a "super-soft, chewy cookie" fan) - but kudos to you for still making (and liking!) this lovely biscotti variety!! Yum!!

SiHaN said...

its weird how so many people have bad impressions of biscotti. They are actually reallie lovely. Not sure about the cornmeal though. Still feeling a little sore from the look of all biscottis.. but oh well..


yours look divine. And i'm glad you liked them!

Lori said...

you know, these are good as (1) raw dough, (2) baked once, and (3) baked twice. i guess you can't go wrong with these, no matter what. :) your biscotti look so yummy!

Marthe said...

Your biscotti look amazing! My first batcht turned out to be blegh... I did something wrong! So I'm going for a second batch tonight!

Prudy said...

I hope you never tire of hearing me say the word gorgeous. Because I'm going to say it again. Gorgeous!

vibi said...

I there anything you can't do perfectly? LOL
As usual... I'm in awe of your pictures ...and to think that most of everything must also be... delicious! BRAVO!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look wonderful and I am so glad you ended up enjoying these. One of my friends also prefered the once-baked version of them instead of the crunchy ones. Thanks for baking them!

rainbowbrown said...

I ate the ends off my first bake log and I gotta say he knows what he's talking about, those parts were pretty great.

Engineer Baker said...

Those look wonderful, and I'm glad you found a twice baked treat you liked so much.

CB said...

Did you say white chocolate?? I want that! I liked the once baked myself but T is a biscotti fan so he really enjoyed this recipe. To each their own right? Love all your pictures as always!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Natashya said...

White chocolate would have been very tasty. I am not a huge biscotti fan either but found these very tasty. I think the corn meal makes them easier to bite into.
Your pictures are stunning.

Madam Chow said...

Those look lovely, and I really like the idea of white chocolate - I'm crazy about the stuff!

Cathy said...

Oooh -- your biscotti are gorgeous! The beautiful thing about them is that you can serve them right after the first bake if some prefer them that way! We won't tell! I liked them after the first bake, the second bake, and the unexpected third bake. I love the white chocolate addition!

Marie said...

Your biscotti are beautiful! Much nicer than my crumbs!!!

chocolatechic said...

Drat!

Your pictures won't come up for me.

I am thinking the second bake needs to be much shorter, and therefore a softer cookie.

April said...

Those are excellent looking biscotti and fabulous photos!

Piggy said...

Love your pics, and I think using white chocolate is a great idea!

Teanna said...

The ends were the BEST part! A is on to something! And your biscotti look gorgeous!

Amy said...

Mmmm, white chocolate sounds like a great idea! Yours look fantastic!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Megan said...

I have to admit, they are great right out of the oven after the first bake. I don't like super hard cookies, either!

Your popcorn caramel cake is unbelievable -
no, really unbelievable!!~

susan said...

ur photography looks absolutely scrumptious! especially the first picture!

Aud said...

Beautiful photos! I like how your biscotti are wider than mine... I guesstimated that 3/4 of an inch and maybe should have measured. Anyway, it's a great recipe and your batch definitely showcases how pretty they can be. :)

Mary Ann said...

They turned out beautifully. I love the name of your blog, it really fits your pictures!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Your biscotti look delicious. I'm beginning to think maybe I overbaked by around 5 mins as I did not get a nice chewy center.

Tammy said...

wow Kim, your photos are truly scrumptious!

AmyRuth said...

Your photos are notably beautiful. I appreciate your kind comment and thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Your biscotti is beautiful. Being one of the bakers who "thought" she didn't like biscotti, imagine my surprise when I fell in love with them. So glad we got to make these before Christmas, huh?
AmyRuth

Mike Spoodles said...

Gorgeous! Love the first shot of the biscotti over coffee.

The Food Librarian said...

Fantastic! These look so yummy and ready to dunk! Love that first photo.

Kayte said...

You have such a lovely way with photographing, styling, and describing your food each week that it is a joy to visit and see it all. Great job...food looks wonderful!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i got flat ones, too, but they were still great! rugby season--you'd love australia...very into their rugby!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your biscotti turned out perfectly! They're beautiful! I felt the same way about them before I tried these. Now, I'm a convert!

kim said...

thanks so much for your comments, everyone! :)
@prudy, nope, i'll never get tired of it ;)
@chocolatechic, sorry the pics don't work for you! try reloading the page, or clicking on one of the pics -- maybe you can see it in my smugmug gallery.

Melissa said...

Your pictures continue to amaze me! They are GORGEOUS! Halving the recipe was a good idea...so were the white chocolate chunks! Can't go wrong with that!

Jacque said...

Oh my goodness, yours are picture perfect!

I'm glad you ended up liking them... they were delish, I agree.

n.o.e said...

This recipe definitely erased my doubts about biscotti; TWD is so good for turning negative to positive! Yours look so pretty. Now I'm starting to think mine should have spread more!
Nancy

TeaLady said...

This was a great recipe wasn't it. Not too hard, not soft. Yours look fantastic.

Jaime said...

i'm a converted biscotti lover now too :) sounds like we were both pleasantly surprised. love your first photo

pinkstripes said...

Your biscotti look great. I love that first picture. This recipe was a winner.

LyB said...

I think I might try making these again and not baking them twice. Your "pre-second bake" photo is making me hungry. :)

Flourchild said...

Great looking Biscotti. I love all of your pictures. Have you made the pumpking muffins yet? They are so good..Im glad there wasn't a recipe on the page next to it! I would hate to make the wrong one again!

Liliana said...

Glad you liked the biscotti! Yours look great - wonderful photos!

Erin said...

These look beautiful!

Heather B said...

I really like biscotti but I agree with A, the first bake cookie was delicious! Great job! They look fabulous!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I'm glad you liked them after making them yourself! That dark coffee with a biscotti next to it looks so inviting!

Natalie said...

Your biscotti and your pictures look great!

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