Gingerbread Biscotti

Fact: I had never made biscotti until now. I was super nervous and I was afraid of it. It’s kind of like how nervous you get before making risotto. It just seems way to complicated a task, until you start making it and you’re like, ‘Oh, wow…this is a whole lot easier than I thought!’.

It took two attempts to make this recipe.

The first one, I put the dough into one large log on the baking sheet. It literally flatten out like a giant cookie….which is not a bad thing…just not what you want for a biscotti.

It still made delicious biscotti, but they were seriously the size of Leland…length-wise, of course. ;-)

The second round, I split them into two logs on either size of the baking sheet and they turned out great. Normal length biscotti. Yay!

After making two other biscotti recipes that same day, this was probably my least favorite recipe, just due to the fickleness of the dough spreading out so badly on the baking sheet.

The other recipe’s logs tended to keep their shape, allowing for thick biscotti.

Mmm! I can’t wait to show you the other two recipes this week!

Be on the look out!!!

Gingerbread Biscotti

adapted from Go Lightly Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • dash of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • zest of 1 orange
  • white chocolate chips

How-To

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pecans, and raisins. Stir.
  3. In another bowl, stir the molasses, eggs and orange zest until well blended.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until the dough comes together (it will be sticky).
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently kneed the dough a couple of times until it comes together.
  6. Separate the dough into two logs.
  7. Place the logs onto a baking sheet that has been covered with either parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  8. Flatten the logs with the palm of your hand.
  9. Bake on the middle rack for about 35 minutes, or until lightly browned and risen.
  10. Allow the logs to cool enough to handle.
  11. On a cutting board with a serrated knife, cut the biscotti at an angle into about 3/4″ pieces.
  12. Lay the biscotti on their side back on the baking sheet in an even layer.
  13. Bake for another 10 minutes or until dry.
  14. Allow the biscotti to cool completely.
  15. Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
  16. Dip the either one end of the biscotti or an entire side into the melted chocolate.
  17. Place on a piece of parchment paper or silpat mat to harden.
  18. Once completely cooled and hardened, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Servings: about 20 biscotti

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17 comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had biscotti because I assumed they would taste like nothing. These look like they’d taste like something special though. But then you go and say this recipe was your least favorite. Maybe I’ll wait for the other recipes. :)

    Oh and I love how sunny your pictures are. Nice!

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