As Autumn is starting to roll around and the weather is starting to change my mind turns to baking.
What? That made no sense. My mind is always on baking, right?
Here's the thing. I don't know what it is, but there is something about Fall that makes me want to bake obsessively.
Oh, I already bake obsessively.... hmmm.
Exactly. That is the problem.
In the past couple of weeks, I've gone from being relaxed about all the things I want to make to obsessively making lists and priorities and bookmarking and making copies of recipes and basically thinking about baking all the time!
Even more than usual. Which is tough to do.
I thought though, since the cooler weather also makes me obsessively start thinking about and drinking more hot chocolate, that I would share my most favorite biscotti recipe with you so that you can make something to dunk in your hot chocolate.
Remember a while back, when we made the Lenox Almond Biscotti recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie? Hands down, this is the recipe I have riffed on and made out of Baking From My Home To Yours the very most. I've only ever actually made the recipe as written once though. I've tweaked it so many times I'm not sure I've even written them all down.
In fact, if I had had to buy the book and only ever got that recipe from it, I would have been perfectly happy. My favorite change that I always make probably makes my version less authentic though because I like my biscotti a little more on the chewy, slightly soft side, than really crunchy.
I have to admit, before I ever made biscotti at home I figured they would be difficult to make. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that they aren't difficult at all and are amazing.
Need a quick gift to give to a friend or someone you want to impress? Wrap a few of these up in a cellophane baggie with a pretty ribbon and they will love you forever. Of course, they may also ask you to make them for them again and again too. Since then you would have to eat a few - you know, quality control and all that - that isn't a necessarily bad thing.
So, my suggestion to you, especially these days, if you are like me and love having a cookie to dip in your hot chocolate or coffee, then do yourself a favor and make your own biscotti to go with the steamy beverage of your choice. They are far better than anything I've ever had from the store or even most bakeries.