Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So all these easy biscotti all start with this basic formula:
1 cake mix or brownie mix (approx. 19 oz but it seems most cake mixes have been sized down to 15 or 16 oz. Very Annoying! But these recipes will still work with the smaller mixes)
1 C flour (if you have a smaller mix use a scant C of flour)
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
Mix-ins for individual flavors - usually about a cup of chips/nuts plus any flavorings
(I know, I told you they were easy)
Mix all ingredients together with electric mixer on low until everything is well mixed - I usually get it started with the mixer and finish by hand to really get everything in there. The dough should be stiff. Divide in half. Shape into TWO logs and then flatten to make the biscotti shape - I usually press down a little extra to get that classic curved shape that's taller in the middle. I put one log on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat and then flatten.
350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes (until lightly golden brown and firm but not hard).
Let rest on cookie sheets for 10 minutes (leave oven on).
Move to a cutting board and slice on the diagonal and then place back on cookie sheet. I lay then on their sides as the bottoms are usually brown enough.
Bake 10 minutes (still 350). If the side they are laying on got brown enough you can take them out and flip them over at this point.
Turn oven off and let sit in oven for 30 - 40 minutes. I usually do 30 because that's crispy enough for me but if you like them super crispy, feel free to go for it!
So when I first started making these I told myself 30 - 10 - 10 - 30 to help keep the baking straight. A timer is invaluable when you're making these! So some in and out of the oven but nothing too hard. Alright, ready for the individual mix-in's? Good! Here they are:
1 T instant espresso powder (you could also use instant coffee)
1 C chocolate cover toffee bits
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip
chocolate cake mix
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 C chocolate chips
Cinnamon Glaze - melt 1 C cinnamon chips and 1 Tbsp shortening (crisco) together to make glaze or dip for biscotti. Drizzle over (or dip in) and let cool until hard. You can also sub chocolate chips here and make a chocolate glaze.
vanilla cake mix
1/4 C poppyseeds
1 1/2 Tbsp grated orange zest
Orange Glaze - 2 tsp grated orange zest, 5 - 6 Tbsp fresh orange juice, up to 3 C powdered sugar, mix together until thickness you want, drizzle on biscotti and let harden. This also works with lemon or lime too!
vanilla cake mix
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2/3 C finely chopped crystallized ginger (I like Penzey's)
That's it you guys! You add the mix-in with all the other ingredients and just mix it up. Easy peasy yes? YES! You can do it! And I'd love to hear about it if you make some or come up with new flavors!
Tomorrow I tackle (or start to anyway) Sewing Summit! See you then :-)