Sunday, August 07, 2011

Sunday Sweets: Almond and Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

There can never be such a thing as too much chocolate. And this choc-almond studded biscotti found no lack of contenders in my house. This was my very first attempt at making biscotti and is also the first recipe I've tried from the newest addition to my collection of cookbooks: Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz

Ryan, a fellow-baker from BWD, suggested we start baking our way through another book and after much deliberation we decided on this new collection of recipes by David Lebovitz. We'll slowly go through each recipe in the book and anyone is welcome to join in. Details can be found here

Baking this biscotti turned out to be deceptively simple. I prepared ingredients for half the recipe, shaped the dough into one log and then placed it in the oven to bake for the first twenty minutes. It came out looking perfect. So far so good. But then, given the 90F+ heat, my hot kitchen and the concentration of chocolate in this recipe, I was faced with a gooey mess each time I cut into the log. There was melted chocolate all over the place and it made it completely impossible to get the thinner slices I was aiming for. 

Skeptical, and a little frustrated, I popped the slices in the oven for another 20 minutes and mentally prepared myself for the alternatively titled 'disasters in baking' blog post I was going to write about the whole experience. I needn't have worried because whatever they lacked in appearance was more than compensated by flavor. They were a tad bit sweet for me so I would either cut down the amount of sugar in the recipe or simply use bittersweet chocolate. I never expected my kids to care for biscotti so they surprised me by going through the whole batch pretty quickly and, like DL, taking some along to snack on during our very long flight the next day. 

This first recipe was chosen by Ryan and can be found on Page 216 of Ready for Dessert. Please hop over to Ryans' blog to check out her take on the biscotti. Next up we'll make Orange Cardamom Flan chosen by me. If you'd like to be part of our baking challenges, please drop us an email at sundayssweets at gmail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along!


Shelley said...

Great looking biscotti and great idea! I love David and Ready for Dessert is a fabulous book. I think I'll join you all for a few of the recipes. Looking forward to it!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

I have the book and now that we are doing monthly in BWD, I would be interested. I need some details. How often do you bake? Are there requirements? You probably know what I need to know better than I do.

I have only made biscotti a few times. Looks like you have a success.

I WIlkerson said...

I used to bake a lot of biscotti--I think I will have to get started again!

Kim said...

This looks yummy-- and I recognize the Ikea mushroom napkin underneath! I have those, too. They go well with sweet treats. I love David L.'s food and I would probably be okay with the sweetness. It's kind of like a scone I'm guessing- but less bisquit-y. And you can dunk em!

Grapefruit said...

Yup, Ikea ;-)

These really were pretty good but I'd still want to use a bittersweet chocolate next time. Personal preference - don't like very sweet desserts.


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