Vanilla Biscotti | American Biscotti Recipe

I am a huge fan of biscotti, I never leave a Starbucks / Cafe without getting a slice of their Almond Biscotti. I must say that I had tasted biscotti the first time on my trip to US a few years back and I have always wondered how do they make them. I love their cakey taste and biscuit texture. Although almonds bicotti are my absolute favourite I have tasted other version of chocolate, vanilla and so on. I was super excited to try the Vanilla version and topped it with nuts. This recipe below is sure a fool-proof one and you must be the tons of reviews on this recipe, its a great giveaway goodie or Chirstmas goodie for friends and family.

Biscotti are Italian born twice baked cookies. They make an ideal companion to coffee. There are various versions of Biscotti these days ranging from almond, vanilla, chocolate, double chocolate, nuts and even vegan versions. The traditional one being Almond Biscottis as Italy is a place where almonds are easily sourced. A sticky dough is baked and then removed from the oven, cooled for a brief time and again re-baked to remove all the moisture to form a crisp biscuit like texture.




VANILLA BICOTTI RECIPE


Recipe Source -  Here
Makes - 10-12 pieces

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg
1 cup all-Purpose Flour/ maida
Coarse white sparkling sugar, for sprinkling on top (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) one large baking sheet.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Beat in the egg; the batter may look slightly curdled. At low speed of your mixer, add the flour, stirring until smooth; the dough will be sticky.
  • Plop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Shape it into two 9 1/2" x 2" logs, about 3/4" tall. Straighten the logs, and smooth their tops and sides; a wet spatula or wet bowl scraper works well here. Sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired, pressing it in gently.Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven.
  • Using a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water, lightly but thoroughly spritz the logs, making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. Softening the crust just this little bit will make slicing the biscotti much easier. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
  • Wait 5 minutes, then use a sharp chef's knife or serrated knife to cut the log crosswise into 1/2" to 3/4" slices. Or cut the biscotti on the diagonal, for fewer, longer biscotti. As you're slicing, be sure to cut straight up and down, perpendicular to the pan; if you cut unevenly, biscotti may be thicker at the top than the bottom, and they'll topple over during their second bake.
  • Set the biscotti on edge on the prepared baking sheet. Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, until they feel very dry and are beginning to turn golden. They'll still feel a tiny bit moist in the very center, if you break off a piece; but they'll continue to dry out as they cool.
  • Remove the biscotti from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool. Store airtight at room temperature; they'll stay good for weeks.

20 comments:

  1. Awwww....they looks tempting proya

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  2. I am going to bake these biscottis. So tempting and tasty.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love biscotti - but have always been too intimidated by them to make them - but your recipe and instructions make it seem so doable - thanks for sharing

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  4. wow..perfect Vanilla biscottis, loved the sugar n nuts topping..your biscotti cutting tips are helpful, will try it this way next time..

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  5. Wow the biscotti looks so dreamy and romantic in the beautiful background.
    The header in ur blog is missing Priya.

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  6. perfectly baked dear...lovely photo

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  7. looking good ! priya ... also tempting to try

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  8. they look amazing...perfect is the word :)

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  9. the biscottis looks amazing... i so so love that mug of urs... :)

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  10. Loved your clicks & the biscotti looks so pretty with those nuts on them

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  11. Love that mug, is it R's gift for u?? Biscotti with those nuts crust is just amazing, ultimate pair with coffee..

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  12. Wow amazing biscottis, love it dear,,,, you have made it so beautifully....

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  13. Tempting biscotti,perfect with a cup of tea,yum

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  14. Perfectly baked and tempting biscotti..

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  15. Perfectly baked biscottis da.. Looks super delicious.. Love the clicks too.. :)

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  16. I love biscotti...its almost like the cake rusks which we get in Indian stores na. Havent tried making them yet, but its on my mind and ya, a very good gift idea for the holidays.

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