Bill Mitchell on the summit of Monte Fosse della Felci in Salina.
Biscotti are not at all difficult. I love them with a glass of red wine...Vin Santo or Malvasia is even better. If you are not into the alcohol, who can argue with dipping these cookies in coffee or tea?
2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Cream together till light:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
Mix into the butter mixture one at a time:
Add desired flavorings...see below.
the dry ingredients bit by bit
Form a flattened log on a buttered and floured sheet of parchment laid on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Slice the baked log at a sharp angle 1/2-3/4 in thick.
Lay the slices on a dry baking sheet or parchment paper and bake till golden on each side. +-15 min. flipping once.
Add: A. 1 teaspoon anise seed and or anise extract or:( I sometimes crush and toast the seeds)
B. a cup of almonds and or almond extract or:
C. Grated rind of one lemon or orange and or corresponding extracts or:
D. Candied fruit peel, dried fruit bits or citron or:
E. various nuts or candy bits like toffee or:
F. Expresso powder and or expresso beans coarsely chopped or in chocolate or:
G. Chili pepper... very finely minced or powdered with dried cherries and dipped in dark
H. Cocoa powder, lower the amount of flour just a bit.
I love to dip the ends of each biscotto in milk, dark or white chocolate and chopped toasted nuts.