Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Mom's Biscotti Recipe by Jeanne

I finally found a Saturday when the kids and I could go to my mother’s house for a lesson on how she makes biscotti.  

Hers are a very simple anise flavored biscotti.  Simple, but delicious, and even my finicky eater Jack likes them!  

They do take a bit of time, but the recipe makes a lot and they can be frozen and taken out a few at a time.  

Just perfect with a latte on weekend mornings!

   --Jeanne

Mom’s Biscotti Recipe

2 sticks butter softened
2 scant cups white sugar
7 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tsp. anise extract
4-41/2 cups unsifted flour
2 well rounded tablespoons baking powder

Beat butter and sugar together in large mixing bowl until creamy. In a separate bowl beat eggs until thick and creamy and ~ doubled in volume and have turned almost lemon in color. Add egg mixture into creamed butter and sugar mixture. Stir in vanilla and anise extract.
Mix flour and baking powder together and add a 1/3 at a time to creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture until stiff and well mixed.
On a lightly greased cookie sheet drop tablespoons of dough to form a strip and shape into a rectangle about 2 inches wide and 3/4 to 1 inch high. Smooth out to a log. Bake at 350 for about 20-22 minutes until golden brown on top. Remove and let cool. Repeat until dough is gone.

When cooked log is cool to the touch. Slice into biscotti on a diagonal about 3/4 to 1" wide.
Return sliced biscotti to cookie sheet and toast until they just start to turn golden brown about 10-15 minutes. Turnover and repeat to toast on other side.
Mom says don't toast too much. They turn golden brown on the bottom side after you've turned them!

                    ---Jeanne

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