Candied Orange and Chocolate Biscotti
2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 c. candied orange peel
1/2 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Sift together flour and baking powder
In another bowl mix together butter and sugar
Add eggs to the butter and sugar one at a time
Add flour mixture and mix just until combined
Gently fold in the candied orange peel and chocolate
Form into two 13″ X 3″ logs and place on the parchment paper side by side
Bake for 40 minutes or until brown
Cool for 30 minutes
Cut the logs into 1/2″ thick slices with a bread knife
Place the slices cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
About a year ago I went biscotti crazy. I tried tons of different recipes looking for the perfect one. Believe me, there are a lot of biscotti recipes lurking on the internet. The biggest difference I have found is how soft the end product is. I’ve made ones that are so tender that they barely make it through the cutting stage and back onto the baking sheet and I’ve made ones that were tooth breaking hard. I think the harder they are the better they are for dipping, too soft and you end up with half a biscotti at the bottom of your coffee.
I really like this recipe because it’s right in the middle, soft like a cookie, but hard enough to hold up to the rigors of dunking in my tea. You could probably make them a little harder or softer by varying the time and heat of the second baking stage.
The base for this recipe is just Giada’s recipe and instead of pistachios and cranberries I added candied orange peel and and chocolate chips, along with a few minor tweaks.
Giada seems to think that these only last for 3 to 4 days. Personally I take a bunch with me to work and they hang out in my desk drawer for over a week sometimes two. I’m still here. My logic is that these are just cookies and cookies last forever right?
I linked to a candied orange peel recipe above. Candied orange peels are dead simple and taste great. I’ll try to write another post about them in the future. I didn’t really follow that recipe exactly because I only had two oranges. But I wholeheartedly agree that multiple boil and drain sessions are key.
The down side: I have to admit that after a few days the orange peels got really hard. If your aren’t going to eat them right away it might be worth experimenting with other candied orange peel recipes that leave you with a softer peel that might be less prone to drying out.