Thursday, 16 December 2010
Christmas Baking - Hazelnut Biscotti
The Amarettis were a total failure, but I got a thumbs up for these.
And so here they are again...
I love it because the basic recipe has only 5 ingredients and is really versatile.
You cream some butter/margarine with some sugar.
What makes you think I went a bit overboard...
... I'm not sure that my little handheld mixer is going to cope with a job of this magnitude!
But this is where things can start to get interesting...
I've added cinnamon to this, brandy essence to to butter mixture...
By the way, chopping/crushing these was the hardest part of the recipe!
You are then meant to bake it for 10 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius. For Biscotti however, I bake for 15 minutes on about 160 - you don't want the edges to get too crispy before the middles are cooked through.
But they are NOT meant to spread like this.
I added a heck of alot of flour to the remaining mixture to form a stiffer dough, which then baked much better.
You can speed up this process by putting the oven onto it's lowest heat setting and using the fan-forced option if you have it.
Mine died on me.
Thank you to Liana for lending me her mixer - the beaters fit mine would you believe!
Again, if you want the recipe contact me...