This week's TWD pick was for the Lenox Almond Biscotti as chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino. I must say a heartfelt thank you to Gretchen because I have been meaning to make biscotti for a while now, but never get around to it.
I have to admit, I wanted to make it more out of curiosity, not so much out of a great love of biscotti or anything. All the biscotti I have had before now has been pretty much drier than dust and tasted about the same. I know that biscotti is supposed to be dry and firm, I don't believe that it was ever intended to translate to being so rock hard that the edges could cut the roof of your mouth. Either way, I've just never been a big fan and kind of wondered what the fuss was really all about.
So, again, thanks to Gretchen and of course, Dorie, now I know what the fuss is about. I also know I will never try to purchase biscotti again - I'll just make it myself. The recipe is absolutely delicious. The dough was sticky and a little difficult to work with, but I solved that by dumping the dough into a gallon plastic bag and cutting a large hole in one corner to pipe the dough out onto the sheet in the logs as directed.
I actually doubled this recipe to make quite a bit of biscotti, which were actually smaller than what I thought they might be. I realized making these for Aidan's school was a bit of a gamble since I didn't know what to expect. I decided to just trust in Dorie and everyone loved them. I just figured that the fact that it was a Dorie recipe gave me confidence to just go for it and make these as their little gift.
I also altered the recipe a bit, mainly because I didn't realize I didn't have enough cornmeal. I subbed a bit more flour and some ground toasted almonds in place of the remaining missing cornmeal and it seemed to work out just fine. I also used half brown sugar in the biscotti, mainly just because when it comes to sugar I really love brown sugar!
Anyway, this recipe is a real winner and I will definitely make it again often. I enjoyed mine once baked, twice baked and even dipped in hot chocolate a couple of days later. I even made more since then and am hoping to just keep some on hand.
Make sure to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll to see all the other yummy biscotti out there today!
As always, you really should get the book (and if you want to play along with the TWD group, get it before Oct. 31st! )