Monday, December 21, 2009

Biscotti for my Santa


My mother's recipe for biscotti is the best!

Mother's Biscotti


2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. anise seed
3 eggs
2 Tbsp. orange-flavored liquer OR 2 Tbsp. water + 1 tsp. orange extract OR 2 tsp. oil of anise OR lemon extract - I only use the anise seed since for me it is strong enough)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. slivered almonds, toasted lightly

Stir together flour and baking powder. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add anise seed, eggs and liquid; beat thoroughly. Blend in flour mixture. Stir in almonds. Chill dough until firm, about 1 1/2 hours. Divide dough in half; shape each half on lightly floured surface to flat loaf about 2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Place loaves 6 inches apart on 15 X 18 inch greased baking sheet. Bake 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Cut loaves diagonally into slices 1/2 inch thick. Place slices, cut side down, close together on baking sheet. Return to oven and bake 12 - 15 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container. About 3 doz.
I make several batches of this recipe and use dried cranberries in some of them. Really good.

Biscotti is great in coffee or hot tea, but try it in red wine. Delish!!

12 comments:

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

The biscotti recipe sounds wonderful! I'll have to try it. I have some store bought biscotti sitting out right now. Thanks for sharing!

Lori E said...

I love biscotti in wine. I have made chocolate almond biscotti for Christmas.

Bama Belle said...

Oh I am going to have to make these! How wonderful, I adore biscotti! Thank you for sharing. hope you are well, Merry Christmas!

Janean said...

Biscotti cookies!!! I forgot about them. A friend made some ages ago and we scarfed them up like crazy. Thank you for sharing your mom's recipe. yay!! (and thank you for your kind comment)

Anita said...

This recipe sounds wonderful...I have never made biscotti but have eaten my share. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet words. I love meeting new friends and here at this time of year, it is all the more precious. Come back soon.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Biscotti is one of my favorites. Our bakery makes it and I am wondering how close the recipes are. :)
Thank you for sharing your mothers.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you for your sweet visits to my blog. Always so sweet!
God Bless!
Mona

Andrea said...

Sounds so delicious!

Merry Christmas, Karen!

Love,

Andrea

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love biscotti! That sounds great. Hope your dreams come true this coming New Year!

Memaw Barbie said...

I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have never made biscotti. blessings

Deb said...

sounds yummy!!!

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