Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Hazelnut BiscottiJuly 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 16 Comments
Tags: baking, cookies
I’m not supposed to be home writing this post right now, but the last three days we’ve had power outages at work and closed up shop early. Hard to work in a food business when your refrigeration is down. I feel bad for the store owners because it’s truly a mess and they lose sales when this stuff happens, but it’s a little bonus time off for me. Time off means time for a cookie break with Alice Medrich’s Hazelnut Biscotti!
These super-crunchy biscotti are the perfect little something on the side of a plate. Good with coffee (naturally), ice cream or fruit. The recipe calls for skin-on hazelnuts and has kind of a kooky method for removing the skins (just watch this video…ick). I went a far more straight-forward route– I bought pre-blanched nuts! I just toasted them as directed before proceeding with the dough. A tip that worked well for many of us this week is to lightly wet your hands before shaping the dough into logs. This helps neatly deal with the stickiness. And I recommend slicing the cookies pretty thin after the first bake, because after the second, the cookies are so crisp that a fat cookie would be hard to bite down on. They have proven to be good keepers, even with the heat and humidity we’ve had here this past week.
For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Jodi’s Homemade and Wholesome and Katrina’s Baking and Boys. There’s also a video of Alice and Julia making the biscotti together. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll! I kept mine pretty plain and simple, but I’m sure there are lots of fun substitutions and biscotti variations this week.