Thursday, February 7

Chocolate Orange Biscotti Biscuits

"Emily's top 10 drinks she cannot live without:

1. Smoothies, (always a winner in summer! Any fruit, any flavour, I'm never fussy!)
2. Hot Chocolate, (marshmallows compulsory)
3. Champagne
4. Pimms
And (unsurprisingly...) at number 5..... CAFFEINE!!!   "

Anyone who has met me knows that I'm an utter caffeine addict.
Latte. Americano. Cappuccino. Mocha. English Breakfast. Early Grey... You name it, I will probably drink it!
I am physically unable to get out of bed without a cup of tea, I repeatedly crave that steaming cappuccino for elevenses and without fail work with a brew by my side.
I probably should cut down at some point, but at least this is my addiction and not junk food, (the lesser of two evils and all that jazz!!)
But being an obsessed baker, I can't help but think about a little crunch to go and dip in my steaming brew.



 
Biscotti is always a winner.
It's low calorie, crunchy, and lasts for weeks if kept in a proper sealed tin.


I went for 'Chocolate Orange' as I had plenty of zest left over from Steve's Orange Sponge. But that's the beauty of this bake, you can pop in which ever flavours, nuts, cranberries or spices you fancy!

Have a go at spicing it up a bit and get your teapot primed and ready!!

To make your own you will need:
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g caster sugar
- 250g plain flour
- Zest 2 small oranges
- 100g chocolate bar/chips
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
(Obviously if you're spicing it up a bit; try adding hazelnuts, cinnamon, cranberries, raisins.. Get inventive!)

Lightly grease and line a baking tray before preheating your oven to 180C/160C fan.


Whizz together your eggs and sugar until light and fluffy with a mixer.
Grate your 2 oranges and pop the zest into a separate bowl with your flour and bicarbonate of soda.

If using a bar of chocolate, cut it up into smaller chunks.
If not, pop your chosen flavours into your flour/zest bowl.


With a spoon, fold this dry mix into the eggs and sugar until a soft dough forms.
 Tip this dough onto a lightly floured surface and mould into a roughly 25cm long sausage shape.

Flatten your sausage shape down to about 3cm and place on your tray. Bake inside  the oven for around 30 minutes until lightly brown on top.
  When your little timer dings, remove from the oven and slide onto a chopping board. Wielding a sizeable knife, cut your 'baguette' into near 1cm slices.

Leave to cool, whack your kettle on and snuggle down on the sofa with some shoddy day time tv!
(Escape to the Country is always a winner for me!)
Simple, crunchy and it doesn't collapse in your coffee like other biscuits! It's a fighter!


Give it a go and let me know if you find any good flavour combinations!

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4 comments

  1. I did it yesterday and its not-so-sweet taste is really good. It is little bit dry, maybe adding some butter or oil could moisture it, what do you think? :)

    Good luck with other cakes, looking forward for trying them.

    Raúl

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    1. Ahh I'm delighted that you tried them! I found the first attempt a little dry too; but I actually found it varies depending on the oven you are using and the flour brand,(odd I know!?) But I like the oil suggestion, might give that a go next time I whip up a batch.
      Thank you, let me know how the other bakes go too!
      xx

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  2. My mum always makes these, biscotti are her weakness, she always uses pistachios and cranberries! xx

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    1. Ohh thats a nice Christmassy combo with a dash of orange!! xxx

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