Desserts

Almond and Anise Biscotti

Recipe courtesy of Fran Costigan, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally (Book Publishing Co., 2006)

Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. anise seeds
  • 1 cup whole almonds, toasted and cooled
  • 1 ¼ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, preferably Arbequina
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/3 - ½ cup organic sugar for shaping

Directions

  1. Toast the anise seeds lightly in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly until fragrant. Cool. Grind in a spice grinder until fine.
  2. Grind the almonds medium-fine a food processor.
  3. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the pastry flour and salt to a strainer set over a medium bowl, and sift into the bowl. Stir the ground almonds and ground anise into the dry mixture. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts until well blended.
  4. Pour into dry mixture and stir until dough forms. A small piece should hold together when squeezed. Allow dough to rest in the bowl for 10 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and cut in half.
  5. Spread half of the sugar on the counter and roll one piece of the dough in the sugar to a log 11 to 12 inches long. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 4 hours.

 

First Baking

  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350˚ F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap the logs and place on the prepared baking sheet, 3 to 4 inches apart. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until firm and lightly browned.
  3. Cool 10 minutes; then carefully, slide the logs, still on the parchment paper, off the sheet and onto a rack. Cool completely.
  4. To ensure neat and even slicing, wrap the logs and refrigerate about 1 hour, until cold. The parchment paper can remain on the baking sheet for second baking.  

Second Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Use a serrated knife to cut ¼ inch thick diagonal slices, creating the typical biscotti shape.
  3. Cut straight down or saw into the logs gently; experiment to see what creates the neatest slices. Place the biscotti cut-side down on the parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 6 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and use turn each piece over using a tongs or spatula. Bake 6 to 7 minutes longer, or until dry. Cool the biscotti.
  4. Store in a tightly covered tin for 1 week. Freeze in an airtight container up to a month.
Time Level Yield
90 minutes Advanced 2 logs, 18 pieces each

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