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Almond biscotti recipe

Almond biscotti recipe

  • 10

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 45′

  • Easy

    Easy

  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • 10

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 45'

    PT45M
  • Easy

    Easy

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

Our almond biscotti recipe comes together in five minutes, before a ‘long and low’ bake to achieve the perfect crispy texture.

Double baked

A little bit of trivia for you: ‘biscotti’ means ‘baked twice’ in Italian. Actually, the name goes right the way back to the Latin ‘bis coxit’.(1) While the Italians stayed close to the original word, the French and British ended up tweaking it slightly to become ‘biscuit’!

Note: the singular form is ‘biscotto’; ‘biscotti’ is the plural.

Any baker will know that nowadays most biscuit recipes don’t require two stints in the oven. However, biscotti are a bit of a relic, following the original method of biscuit-making.

Bakers would make the biscuit dough and shape it into a large log before baking. The log emerges from the oven still rather soft. Then, the baker slices the log into individual biscuits which are laid out flat on a baking sheet and returned to the oven.

The result? A biscuit with impeccable crispness, which simply begs to be dunked in a glass of sweet Vin Santo.

 

how to make biscotti

The origins of biscotti

Biscotti date back to Roman times. Back then, they were essentially used as snack packs for Roman soldiers, who needed to be able to carry foods that would keep for a long time.(1)

Pliny the Elder maintained that biscotti would be edible for centuries. Meanwhile, some report that Christopher Columbus had a stash aboard his ship.(2)

Later on, biscotti had a bit of a renaissance (during the actual Renaissance) in Tuscany. It’s at this point that bakers started to add additional ingredients to make the recipe more interesting. While previously biscotti had been rather plain affairs, now they were studded with almonds, pistachios, fruits and spices.

Vin Santo

This is also where the relationship with Vin Santo begins. Vin Santo is a Tuscan dessert wine. Its name means ‘holy wine’.

There is some debate about where the name comes from. Vin Santo might have been used as communion wine at some point, or it could be that the wine was traditionally aged and bottled around Easter.

Either way, Tuscans agree that Vin Santo and biscotti are a match made in heaven. In Tuscany the duo remain a popular dessert option.

While Vin Santo is the traditional pairing for biscotti, they also go very nicely with a freshly brewed espresso, especially if enjoyed on a lazy afternoon in the piazza.

 

organic almonds

Our almond biscotti recipe

Traditional recipes for biscotti don’t need milk or butter, which gives us something of a head start in creating a vegan version.

They do usually require an egg, but the purpose is to bind the ingredients together rather than provide a rise. Therefore we can easily do without it, substituting in a little bit of liquid in the form of oat milk.

Tuscan versions of biscotti favor almonds, so that’s what we’ve gone for here. However you could also substitute in another nut of your choice. Pistachios and macadamia nuts are particularly good options.

 

Italian almonds

Orange and almond biscotti

We like to add a bit of orange zest to our orange and almond biscotti to provide a bit of a ‘lift’ to the otherwise dense biscuit.

Orange zest makes an appearance in many Italian baking recipes and orange and almond is a classic flavor combination. You can find it in other famous Italian biscuits, from soft and chewy ricciarelli to nutty amaretti.

Advice on baking temperature

A note on oven temperature: make sure to keep the heat setting low. The idea, particularly with the second bake, is to draw out any remaining moisture rather than ‘cook’ the biscuits. This second bake provides the crisp texture of biscotti (and their impressive shelf life).

Once fully baked, serve with your morning coffee, or with a glass of Vin Santo for an after dinner treat.

Baking

Ingredients
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250g all purpose flour 65g chopped Erbology Organic Italian Almonds  1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda Pinch of sea salt ⅓ cup unsweetened oat milk ⅓ cup brown cane sugar ½ tsp orange zest 1 tsp vanilla extract  2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 65g chopped Erbology Organic Italian Almonds 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened oat milk
  • ⅓ cup brown cane sugar
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted

Typical nutrition / serving

  • Serving size: 49g
  • Energy (calories): 185 kcal
  • Protein: 4.4g
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.7g

Here's how you make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Let aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chopped almonds. Mix everything using a whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oat milk with brown cane sugar, orange zest, vanilla and oil. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour and almond mix and stir until just combined. Then, use your hands and knead the dough until all the flour is well incorporated.
  5. Place the dough on the working surface and shape it into a log that is about 15- 17cm long.
  6. Place it on the baking tray and use your hands to flatten the log until it is about 2cm thick.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 150°C until golden.
  8. Let the logs cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut the logs into biscotti shape, on the diagonal.
  10. Place the biscotti, cut side up, on the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 more minutes, until dry.  Enjoy!

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  • References

    1. Carla Gambescia ‘La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z’, Traveller’s Tales, 2018.
    2. Barbara Mahany, ‘Big Dippers’, The Chicago Tribune, April 28 2010.

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