Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vanilla-Chocolate chip Biscottis | American Style Vanilla Biscottis | HBC#6

I had to participate in this month's challenge. After missing the Halloween goodies, I just had to... I have been regular with my coffee breaks these days, all thanks to the unexpected snow few days back and the dipping mercury levels. A hot cup of coffee seems all the more necessary unlike any other day. And that is another reason that I had to bake this month's challenge. The biscottis, I dunk it in coffee, I dunk it in tea and I dunk it in my favorite Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte. And its that cup that is standing high in the pictures... :)

Nothing like dunking a biscotti in coffee and when its bursting with vanilla in every bite, its just vanilla heaven. Yeah more vanilla and it just seemed to add flavor to my coffee. Now am I exaggerating here, guess not. I am totally in love with these biscottis cos the variations are endless. You can jazz them up with 'n' number of add-ins and if you are a sucker for vanilla (seriously, are you???) then replace the vanilla extract with lemon or orange or even rum extract. Didn't I tell you, there are a whole number of ideas running around my mind. I can see myself baking umpteen batches of this biscottis in the near future atleast till the winter ends here.

And thanks to Priya akka for the wonderful challenge..

~*What U Need*~
Unsalted butter - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/3 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Pure Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Eggs - 1
Unbleached all purpose flour - 1 cup
Dark Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup(optional)

How I Made it:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly line a cookie sheet with aluminium foil. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, almond extract (if you're using it), and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Beat in the egg; the batter may look slightly curdled. Add the flour and mix, the dough will be sticky. Plop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and shape it into 9 1/2" x 2" log, about 3/4" tall. Smooth it out with wet hands.

Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven. Cool for 10 mins. Slightly dampen the crust of the dough with slightly wet hands. Slice it with a serrated knife. Reduce the oven temperature to 325F. 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.

Serve with coffee!!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Perfectly baked biscottis there Vimitha..Love to grab them from the screen.

  2. yummmy yumm love it perfectly baked..

  3. Woww... Wonderfully done.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. nice clicks too :)

  4. These look so perfectly done and crispy!!Love the clicks.

  5. Hi Vimitha, your biscotti look addictive. Great to go with coffee. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice day.

  6. Perfectly made biscottis, looks yummy.

  7. Perfectly baked and beautifully presented!

  8. I agree with you these biscottis are irresistible, I've made a large batch but unfortunately didn't get chance to capture in my camera. :(
    Your pictures are so good neat and clean. :)
    Have a nice week ahead!

  9. Perfectly baked and delicious biscottis.

  10. The biscottis are totally irresistible, awesome Vimitha, wish I could have them right away...

  11. delicious.. perfectly baked. nice clicks.. :)

  12. Wow Biscotti looks super so does the pic ! A piece of that with my evening tea and I will be sold..I have the habit of dunking something in tea :)

  13. biscottis looks perfect and truly tempting pics Vimi...quite addictive snack na :)

  14. Wow, so perfectly done Vimitha, just love them..

  15. Looks very delicious and crunchy. Nice clicks.

  16. This looks so perfect.. Well explained too.. Last pic is just awesome.. Best when served with a cup of coffee in the eve!

  17. Biscotti looks perfect, would love them with tea :)

  18. Beautifully made biscottis...would love to have some

  19. Wow beautifully made,looks delicious.


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