Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lenox Almond Biscotti -- Tuesdays with Dorie

Our TWD treat of the week was Lenox Almond Biscotti, chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino , thanks Gretchen! This is just the kind of recipe I couldn't wait to try when I joined TWD, not specifically, but it is a recipe I probably would have never tried on my own. I love almonds and almond flavor, but am not a big biscotti person, maybe I'll have one at a cafe in a book store, along with my caramel cappuccino, if the flavor sounds intriguing, but they are not something I'd be chomping at the bit to make. I love soft baked goods, I'm not a big fan of crunchy, crunchy is for crackers, candy canes, bagel chips...and biscotti, so I don't make these at home.

I toyed with the idea of changing around the flavors of this, so many neat ideas popped into my head, diced pear and blue cheese, cranberry pumpkin, mini chocolate chip drizzled with white chocolate...but in the end I wanted to try the recipe for what it was. Of course I did mess it up a little, I forgot the actual almonds! I even bought some Butter Toffee Glazed Almond Accents especially for this recipe, which I absolutely love for salads, but I forgot to add them in. Did I mention I had three kids in the kitchen wanting to help? Maybe that had something to do with my oversight. Oh-well. The pure almond extract really added plenty of almond flavor to these, yum :)

At first I was a little nervous, the dough was not nearly as formed as I thought it should be, but I went with Dorie's instructions to form the dough logs with fingers and a spatula and popped it in the oven not knowing what to expect.



After 15 minutes they were perfect little biscotti logs, waiting to be cut. I followed all of the cooling directions, 30 minutes on a cooling rack, carefully remove to cutting board, everything went really smoothly.

I cut the biscotti and the kids and I all had an 'end' -- oh, boy, was it delicious! At that point I told myself, "Andrea, just dry bake one log, the rest can be enjoyed as the softie biscotti they are," but I didn't.



I lined them all up back on the baking sheet, standing them up like a marching band (ahhh marching band, weren't those the days?)



Sorry, back to biscotti, anyway, they came out of the oven 15 minutes later, golden and firm, perfect biscotti.



Honestly though, I preferred them as softie biscotti. Oh-well. They are great with tea! This was a really nice surprise of a recipe, especially coming off of last weeks sounds-so-good-but-lacking-in-the-taste-and-texture-department that was Caramel Peanut Topped Brownie Cake. Thanks to this week's TWD lesson, I learned that now I do not have to skip all of the yummy sounding biscotti recipes I see in cookbooks and magazines, I can just do the first bake, and enjoy them softie. Oh, almost forgot to add, the husband didn't even care to try one, and the kids all loved them! I wish I had a picture of my three little sweeties, munching on biscotti, and enjoying every crunch. My fussy-teething-almost-toddler especially loved them :)

14 comments:

Cathy said...

I'm so glad that you and your sweeties loved these, Andrea, crunch notwithstanding! And how perfect -- you all had your very own "end" (I munched on the ends too -- couldn't help it!) Hey, next time you can just skip the second bake and eat them soft -- it will spare you having to arrange the biscotti into marching band formation!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my family blog! You should totally start one! For me, it's been a quick way to get down some of the silly things that the kids do that I might otherwise forget. Somehow I don't seem to get to scrapbooking that I really want to do (but probably won't until the kids are in college!) but I can write up a quick blog post and memorialize the wackiness that way. Oh, and there is a Rival Dipper for hot sundae toppings? Where is my Santa Claus list??

Prudy said...

They look wonderful. I liked mine both soft and hard. I couldn't decide which one was best. Your toying around ideas sounded so good too. I know it's hard to bake with little helpers, but they are just so cute and sweet!

Lori said...

how THAT'S a fancy teething biscuit!

vibi said...

Niiiiiiiice! But I should really say: perfect... and might even add, a bit too perfect for teething cookies! LOL (I would have hid those in my closet and eat them in secret! LOL)

Engineer Baker said...

Whoa - pear and blue cheese?! Definitely going to have to try that one.

Peggy said...

I bet your toddler DID love them! I think yours look so good. I'd like to have one right now with a good cup of latte!

Prudy said...

Andrea:
Taste Spotting picked up my post with your cookie recipe on it. It's over there if you want to check it out. Thanks again for a great recipe. Although they creditted me with the recipe, anyone who links to my blog to read about the cookie and get the recipe will see that it is yours. I hope that's OK!

Qataria said...

Your biscotti look lovely!

Your little "elves" will be more of a help than a distraction in a few years :)

Barbara said...

Glad you liked them, even without the almonds! I have been thinking about making these as once-baked cookies too.

Libby said...

Don't they look like those little toddler biscuits? I had a biscotti transformation, too! Nice work!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Wonderful job on these. I have heard others that preferred the once baked version as well.

Flourchild said...

Very good looking biscotti. I love the way they are all lined up looking perfect! Your children are just beautiful! I can't wait to see your pupkin muffins. I couldn't resist..I made them today...my kids love them. I thought they were delicious!

pinkstripes said...

YOur biscotti look delicious. Yum!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your flavor variations sound great!

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