cinnamon orange biscotti with white chocolate glaze

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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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake about 35 min. Remove from oven and cool 10 min.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
sshadmand

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sshadmand 19:02, 03 Oct 2007

Keep 'em comming!!! :D
nonnyj

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nonnyj 20:29, 02 Oct 2007

Sometimes I melt a couple of squares of dark chocolate and drizzle on top of the white. All dark chocolate is good too. Makes about 30 biscottis.

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