This recipe comes from a very lovely and very young 90 year old Italian lady who can still outcook all of us. It is quite simply the best biscotti I have ever tasted.
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- add 1 cup sugar
- add 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- add 2 large eggs
- add 2 tsp grated fresh orange peel, or 1/2 tsp dried
- add 1 tsp vanilla
- add 2 cups all purpose flour
- add 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- add 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- add 1/4 tsp salt
- add 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) any kind you like - we like pistachios or pecans
- add 3 squares (1 oz) white chocolate, or vanilla coating (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
- Beat sugar and butter in large bowl (use mixer if you want) until blended. Add eggs one at a time, blending well. Beat in the orange peel and vanilla. If you're using dried orange peel, wait and add with the dry ingredients.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing just until blended well. If using nuts, add them now.
- Divide the dough in half. With lightly floured hands, form each half into a rectangular shape about 3" wide and 3/4" high. You can form them directly on the baking sheet, or use a piece of wax paper to do the forming, and then transfer to the baking sheet.
- Bake about 35 min. Remove from oven and cool 10 min.
- Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2" wide slices. Arrange cut side down on baking sheet. Bake about 12 min. Turn biscotti over, and bake the other side for 12 min. Completely cool.
- Optional glaze: Melt chocolate or vanilla on high heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Do an additional 30 sec. if needed. Use a spoon to drizzle and smooth coating over the top sides of the biscotti.