My Husband totally loves Biscotti from Starbucks and that was the set benchmark for me when I started making Biscotti. He wanted Biscotti's just like the Starbucks ones! Ok...So here goes Vaishali looking up online, scratching her head and finally settled to one recipe from one of the websites (I am not mentioning the name here). Followed the recipe, biscotti's looked great and shapes were perfect.....But did they taste good? NO!!! They were too chewy, very dry and way too less sugar!! Not even close to the Starbucks one! Arrrrrr.............Angry Vaishali throws the whole batch in dustbin!! (I know...Wastage!!! But sometimes I do become that angry and obsessive).
And I start again!! This time scratching my head to make up my own recipe and final result was??? EXCELLENT!! My Husband couldn't stop eating and praising!! They are so good to dunk in coffee or even enjoy as is!! He said they are as good as the Starbucks ones! YAY!! Angry Vaishali is now Happy Vaishali :) Submitting these to Champa's Bake Off Event.
So here goes my super easy and fantastic recipe of Chocolate Almond Biscotti (Click here for printable recipe)
1 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp of All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Sugar
4 Tbsp Melted Butter
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Toasted Chopped Almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast Almonds in the oven for about 10 minutes. They will become dark from outside. Let them cool for a while, Chop coarsely and set aside.
2. In a bowl, sieve together the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs till they are fluffy. Stir in the vanilla essence.
4. Add in the sugar and butter and beat at medium speed with your hand mixer or stand mixer until its well mixed.
5. Now slowly add the flour mixture and beat it on medium speed. (Don't beat for too long as over-beating can lead to Chewy Biscotti's)
6. Add in the chopped almonds and chocolate chips and mix well.
7. Now dip your hands in some flour (as dough will be sticky to handle) and transfer the dough/batter to the greased cookie sheet/baking sheet. Using your hands ( you may have to dampen you hands) shape the dough into a log of 12 inches long and approx 3.5 inches wide.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until it is firm to touch. (Log will spread during baking)
9. Take it out and let it cool for 5 minutes.
10.On a cutting board cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 3/4 inch (2 cm) slices.
11.Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 10 minutes on each side, or until they are pale golden. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. These stores well in an airtight container.