As many of you know from my Facebook page, I’m a coffee drinker. Like a HUGE coffee drinker! You know what goes awesome with coffee? Biscotti! I’ve been on a biscotti kick lately. So I decided to post this fun Orange Anise Biscotti recipe my sister often makes. She actually made a batch for my dad for his birthday this month and I’m made she didn’t make more!
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp orange extract
2 large eggs
1 tbsp anise seeds
Orange rinds (from at least one orange)
Optional: 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
Optional: white chocolate chips
First step you want to take is preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, orange extract, orange rind, and anise seeds. Next, blend the rest of the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. This is where you have the option to add in sliced almonds. I know that some people have nut allergies, so it is really up to you! It won’t “break” the recipe if you don’t add them in. After that, you can then fold them into the liquid mix you already whisked together. Then make sure you mix until everything is well combined. Just a warning, the dough is going to be very sticky!
Divide dough in half and shape into two logs. The logs will roughly be 2 inches wide and 12 inches long. You will then want to place them on a cookie sheet. Make sure it is greased!
Make sure you bake your logs at 350 degrees for 35 minutes and until the edges are brown and top is cracked. It’s really important to let it cool for ten minutes.
Place the logs onto a cutting board and cut diagonally into slices. The slices should be 1/2 inch think. Then place the biscotti back to a cookie sheet with one cut side faced down. Lower temperature of the oven to 325 degrees. Then bake the biscotti for 15 minutes or until cookies are crisp throughout. Make sure you let them cool!
Now here is another option to “add” to your biscotti! Take your white chocolate chips and following the directions on the bag, melt them. I’ve discovered that each chip brand seems to differ in melting directions. Usually I melt for a minute, and then heat in increments of 15 seconds while stirring. Again, please read the directions on the bag for proper melting.
Now what I normally do is place the melted chocolate into a bag, cut the tip and “ice” the biscotti that way. You might have a professional bakers bag at home to use. After you ice several lines on to your biscotti as show in the pictures, make sure you left them cool afterward.
You now have fabulous biscotti for your coffee, milk, kahula & cream, or whatever drink of choice your heart desires. Enjoy!