January 27, 2013

4*52 Chocolate-Hazelnut-Biscotti

Sometimes you just need something other than cake.
Something to nibble on. Even when you have guests.

Biscotti sound good. Adding chocolate and hazelnut seals the deal. Right?

Recipe from Cynthia Barcomi found on Chötenechräpfli

280 g flour
50 g hazelnuts, ground
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
150 g sugar
2 eggs
45 g butter, melted and cooled
150 g semi-sweet chocolate
100 g hazelnuts, whole with skin
  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Combine flour, ground nuts, baking soda and powder, salt, vanilla and sugar. Whisk together eggs and butter in a small bowl and add to the flour mix. Mix until combined well. Coarsely chop the chocolate and nuts and work quickly (to not melt the chocolate) into the dough.
  • Form two logs and bake for 25 minutes. Take out and let cool 20 minutes on the cookie sheet. Using a bread knife, cut diagonally into 1.5 cm thick slices (leave them standing, don't 'lay' them down). Bake at 170°C (340°F) for another 10 minutes. Let cool.

My modifications:
I didn't roast the whole hazelnuts. I'm just not a big fan of roasting nuts (not sure why but partly because of lazyness...) but I never missed it.
In between both baking rounds and before cutting, I only let them cool for 5 minutes. That's probably why they don't look perfect because the chocolate melted. The original recipe says to let them cool for 20 minutes which I thought was too long for leaving the oven on without anything in it... If you can live with chocolate streaks like on my pictures, 5 minutes cooling time is enough.

The taste:
So very good! I predict that they won't last long anywhere...

What's your favorite (baked) nibble-food?

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