Thursday, 18 February 2010

Well you can bake that again!

The snow is falling,jack frost is doing his rounds on the world!your curled up on your sofa at home or,a good read in your hand,a mug of steamy mocha in the other...& then...some gorgeous crunchy biscotti!
What a perfect Snugglathon!

I remember the first biscotti i ever had,it wasn't traditional (to my knowledge) but it was beautiful!
It was cherry & almond! almond flavoured biscotti studded with red & green glacĂ© cherries,as a child,this was as amazing as a nice new car! i wouldn't mind either of those two items at this moment in time,one can only wish!

So once again my inquisitive side got the better of me!
Ive made biscotti before,many times,And the thing i loved most was how you could adapt the flavours to your Mood!i mean hey, we all feel like lemons now and then *sigh*

Lemon & Orange Now that was delicious!

But when bored at home ( yes i was actually at home! giving my college work a break!) i created this amazing new flavour! sounds sad i know! but the passion of creativity was burning through me! (or maybe it was the hot tray i grabbed )
But anyway! back to this new flavour!!

Dark Choc chip,Cardamom & Pistachio!
It really didn't need the chocolate,but i had my 5 year old brother helping me as it was half term,
and he insisted chocolate was a must!

Biscotti is double baked,hence my title!
so you cook the dough as a whole,then slice it and bake the fingers again!
then you air it,til it is dry and crunchy! and enjoy it until your so full,you feel like your going to explode!

Here is my recipe i used!
Due to technical difficulties,(we all have them no and then!)
I have no step by step pictures :(

You will need to preheat your oven to 180c.

140g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tspn Baking powder
A small pinch of salt
250g Plain flour
1 tspn cardamom powder
65g shelled unsalted & peeled pistachios
30g dark choc chips

in a bowl mix all of your Dry ingredients apart from your pistachios and chocolate chips!

beat your eggs and add them to your dry mix!

then add your pistachios and chocolate to the dough.

Dont panic!
the dough is meant to be quite wet.

mould your dough into a log shape(you may want to wet your hands before you do this it might help)

Onto a silpat mat or a tray lined with grease proof. Then send it off into the oven,leave it to bake for about 10/15 minutes,until the dough starts to look quite dry.

remove from the oven,and diagonally slice your preferred size of fingers out of the dough.

then place the fingers back into the oven,and cook for another ten minutes,remove form the oven and allow to thoroughly cool.

Kick back,relax and enjoy :)

The competition i babbled on about!
went great! we got first place!
Were off to hotelympia 2010 in march :D
but i will post back asap :D
especially now im jobless!


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