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Veg CD CBF 00mins

This classic biscuit recipe comes from my mum.


Serves 4

Prep & Cook Time:

 1 hour 30 mins

Recipe Tags:  Cold Vegetarian  Teatime


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Chocolate Walnut Biscotti    Veg   CD   CBF   Italian   100mins plus chilling


Makes 50    Cold  Vegetarian   Nuts  BiscuitBaked Fayre Italy  Europe



225g/8oz  Walnut Halves

75g/3 oz Unsweetened chocolate
75g/3oz  Unsalted Butter plus
1 teasp Unsalted butter
225g/8oz Self Raising Flour
3 Eggs
225g/8oz Caster Sugar
1 teasp Grated Orange Zest




1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.


2. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool and then chop coarsely.


3. Place the chocolate and butter in a heat proof mixing bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water , stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.


4.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Gradually beat in the sugar then add the orange zest and stir in the cooled chocolate until well blended.


5. Add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until well blended.


6. Fold in the chopped walnuts and mix well.


7. Divide the dough in half, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.


8. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and lightly butter a large baking tray. Shape each half of the dough into a  35x6cm/14 x 2 inch log. Place at least 4 inches apart on the baking sheet and smooth the tops and sides with a rubber spatula. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the logs are firm when pressed in the centre.


9. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Do not turn off the oven.  Slide the logs onto a cutting board. With a large serrated knife, cut each log diagonally into 12mm/ inch slices. Stand the slices upright on edge on the baking tray and return to the oven for 15 minutes longer, or until crisp. 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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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is softened and 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 fine breadcrumbs in appearance.

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Main equipment required to make this recipe


Mixing Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack


Tips, Options and Substitutions



Make Ahead/Freezing


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