March 11, 2004

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Biscotti
also from Mrs. Fields

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 TBSP unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 TBSP grated orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Gradually mix in dry ingredients and orange zest until fully incorporated. Mix in chips.

Divide the dough in half and shape each piece into a log 9 inches long and 3 inches wide. Place on prepared baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until set. Transfer to rack and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Turn oven down to 200 F.

Place still-warm logs on cutting board and slice with serrated knife on a diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Lay slices on baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes. Turn biscotti and cook another 10 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to rack to cool.

Notes: You may be sensing a theme here... can you say chocolate? I knew you could. Yes -- it was a very chocolate weekend. And normally I don't have much of a sweet tooth -- or at least not a very deep one. In any case -- this was the first time that either of us had made biscotti and we had some trouble with the dough. It came out far too crumbly and we ended up adding about 4 TBSP of water at the end to get it to stay together for the first baking. Subsequent research revealed that most other recipes in my cooking library had twice the amount of butter in them. So, I think that's what we'd try the next time. Still, they came out fairly well, and we had some fun dipping about half the batch in the Ghiardelli melting chocolate.

Posted by Jennifer at March 11, 2004 9:36 AM
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