Sunday, December 18, 2011

Candied Ginger Biscotti

Back before I logged my cooking and baking adventures on this blog I baked up a storm for Christmas.  To this day I wish that I had logged those recipes because everything turned out beyond  my expectations.  Now I know better and when I find a recipe that really worked for me I blog it, today is one of those recipe days.

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1 cup almonds, toasted
1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, toasted
1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped

preheat oven to 350 degrees with wrack in the center of oven. 

Sift first eight ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir in the candied ginger and almonds

Whisk sugar and eggs in a large bowl to a light lemon color; stir in vanilla extract. Sift dry ingredients over egg mixture, then fold in until dough is just combined.

 Halve dough and turn each portion onto an oiled cookie sheet covered with parchment. Using floured hands, quickly stretch each portion of dough into a rough 13-by-2-inch log, placing them about 3 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Pat each dough shape to smooth it. Bake, turning pan once, until loaves are golden and just beginning to crack on top, about 35 minutes.

Cool the loaves for 10 minutes; lower oven temperature to 325 degrees. Cut each loaf diagonally into 3/8-inch slices with a serrated knife. Lay the slices about 1/2-inch apart on the cookie sheet, cut side up, and return them to the oven. Bake, turning over each cookie halfway through baking, until crisp and golden brown on both sides, about 15 minutes.

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