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Spiced Almond Biscotti    Veg  CD  CBF  Italian  90mins



Makes approx 24   Cold  Vegetarian  Nuts Baked Fayre  Biscuits  Cookies   Dairy free  Italy  Mediterranean  Europe



2 large Eggs

 teasp Vanilla Extract 

100g/4oz Sugar

teasp Ground Star Anise

225g/8oz Self Raising Flour

75g/3oz Almonds, very roughly chopped




1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 375F, Gas Mark 5 and line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper.


2.  Place the eggs in a large bowl, beat well then add the vanilla, sugar and star anise and mix well.


3. Stir the flour and star anise into egg mixture, beat with a wooden spoon to combine then mix in the nuts until well incorporated.


4. Divide the dough in two, transfer to a well floured work surface and shape each half into a  long log about 7.5cm/ 2 inch wide. Place them well spaced  apart on the baking sheet and smooth the tops and sides with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30 minutes.


5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 150C, 300F, Gas Mark 2. 


6. Slide the logs onto a cutting board. With a large serrated knife, cut each log diagonally into 12mm/ inch slices. Place the slices cut sides down on the baking tray and return to the oven for 10 minutes.


7. After 10 minutes, turn the biscotti over and bake for a further 10 minutes.


Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Biscotti are traditionally served with coffee as "dunkers". They are supposed to be hard so don't try eating them without dunking first!




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Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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Wire Rack


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