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Italian dessert needed + biscotti help

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hello!

 

We're doing an Italian cuisine party in a couple of weeks and it's time to prepare some recipes. I am always in charge of the sweets and as a tradition bring a Tiramisu. However, except for the Tiramisu, I wanted to bring something else this year.

 

I was thinking of biscotti, as it is a traditional Italian cookie with maaany variations. I had my eyes on almond biscotti, preferably spiced (I want something that would implement cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger)..

 

What I am asking for is, first of all, ideas for any Italian dessert recipes that can be made the day before (so don't have to be eaten warm). If you agree with biscotti, it would be great if you could give me a recipe or ideas for almond biscotti with some spices, as well as ideas on the making of them. Or any other biscotti that are your favourite :)

 

Thank you very much :)

post #2 of 28
Thread Starter 

Also, I was just looking at Amaretti di Saronno as another idea. What I like is they're made of almond meal, which I haven't used before, although I'd have to blanch and grind the almonds myself.. Is a coffee blender good for this? Also, what do you think is better, almond biscotti or Amaretti?

post #3 of 28

I'm out of town so i don't have my recipes with me, but i do have a recipe for tozzetti, the almond biscotti (which really just means cookies) that are used as desert, brought out with a glass of sweet wine, in some restaurants.  But they're not really very desert-like.  Traditionally italians use very few spices in sweets.  Aloso they are incredibly hard - intended to be dipped in wine or coffee. 

You might want to try a cassata type desert, which is with ricotta, sugar, pieces of cut up chocolate and usually candied fruit but i know few people who like them.  You line a round mold with spongecake then pour the ricotta mixture inside.  cool it, then turn it out and put fondant on top. 

Panna cotta is another typical restaurant desert here, easy to make (cream, sugar and gelatin)

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post #4 of 28

I would make a semifreddo or parfait. Hundreds of recipes, basically a sabayon + whipped eggwhite + whipped cream and all kinds of additions like fruits or nuts. All goes in the freezer in a cakemold. No stirring needed. Get out of the freezer 30 minutes before serving and slice. Delicious!

Biscotti and vin santo or even limoncello afterward. Ended by a good strong Italian coffee, amaretti biscuits and don't forget a small glass of grappa...

post #5 of 28
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I would make a semifreddo or parfait. Hundreds of recipes, basically a sabayon + whipped eggwhite + whipped cream and all kinds of additions like fruits or nuts. All goes in the freezer in a cakemold. No stirring needed. Get out of the freezer 30 minutes before serving and slice. Delicious!

Biscotti and vin santo or even limoncello afterward. Ended by a good strong Italian coffee, amaretti biscuits and don't forget a small glass of grappa...


Yeah, that all sounds very authentic, Chris, though there is not a single element of that list that I enjoy.  Isn't that ironic?  People go wild for all these things, from the strong black coffee to the limoncello, to the biscotti (cantucci or tozzetti) to the grappa (brrrrr) to ice creams with nuts and candied fruits or zabaglione.  A thousand great deserts in the world and this is what I get!  It's not fair.  (Many will think I'm an ungrateful wretch, lucky as i am to have access to these things but what can I do? I don't like any of them).    I like panna cotta ok, though a nice bavarian cream is much nicer, and a tiramisu (without any added "flavorings" besides coffee and chocolate) is always great, and maybe a cannolo or a sette veli cake, but the rest of the italian desert repertory has been a great disillusionment for me.  I came thinking i'd collect italian desert recipes into a book, and ended up thinking i'd write a book of american cakes for italians!

And let's not talk about crostata - sugary jam on top of sugary pastry.

 

But i do have a good recipe for cantucci/tozzetti/"biscotti" if you want it, S.T., they're easy and i used to make them for a restaurant and they thought they were great.  They have a hint of spice and lots of almonds.   And if you like italian dunking cookies i have also a recipe for "ciambelline al vino bianco" which are dry ring-shaped cookies that are crumbly and dry - often with anice seeds in them, and white wine in the dough which i think is not for flavor but for crumbliness or something, and they're rolled in sugar before baking.  Easy enough to do.  To me they;re what you'd eat if there was notning else in the house, but, hey, i have weird taste.  That would go for all the trendy italian deserts, like "biscotti" and all the other stuff.  Ask and i'll copy the recipe here.  The ciambelline are the authentic recipe from my mother in law. 

 

Give me a good chocolate cake or a tarte tatin or a bavarian cream or a good quality american coffee ice cream (made with cream) with chocolate sauce, or ...any number of other things... any day.   Maybe I should change my pen name to "the grouch"

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post #6 of 28

Siduri, just like Alain Bernadin, founder of the Crazy Horse in Paris who committed suicide many years ago by shooting a bullet in his head (can you believe it?) , you will be severely punished in afterlife for not enjoying the many delightful temptations, daily offered to you in abundance, ánd probably cheaper than anywhere else, such as grappa, Italian coffee ... etc., etc.

 

Anyway, since on our recently started food TV channel where Giogio Locatelli showed some of his recipes, I became a fan of that Italian.

Just searched a recipe I saw on the internet, namely his cannoli and found this fantastic blog (I have to check that blog out thouroughly tonight) with a discription and pictures of the preparation. Not a deepfried crust like the traditional one, ovenbaked. I have to make that soon. Also, do a search on his one-person version of tiramisu in an eatable basket, you'll love it!

post #7 of 28
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Siduri, just like Alain Bernadin, founder of the Crazy Horse in Paris who committed suicide many years ago by shooting a bullet in his head (can you believe it?) , you will be severely punished in afterlife for not enjoying the many delightful temptations, daily offered to you in abundance, ánd probably cheaper than anywhere else, such as grappa, Italian coffee ... etc., etc.

 


No shot in the head as long as the world still contains chocolate!

 

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post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks both of you.. CB, that's a biiig collection that I hope to use some day, but for now I only need two desserts, Tiramisu and something else.. also, can you give me a link to that website with Italian recipes with pictures? Thanks

 

And Siduri, can I also get your biscotti recipe, if it's not a problem? Thanks a lot :)

post #9 of 28

Oh, Sorry, ST, I forgot indeed to post the url. Here it is; http://fastingatthebanquet.com/2010/07/21/walnut-cannoli-with-marscapone/

Very good blog!!!!!

 

Also, you're right Siduri, chocolate is my thing too, how could it not be?

post #10 of 28

Hi S.T.

ok, here it is.  Very simple.  The word "biscotto" means twice-cooked, same root as biscuit, and they're cooked once in a loaf form, then sliced, then the slices are cooked again to dry them out.  Just to give you an idea, I made brownies for some people (i do often, they love them here, there is nothing quite like the chewy moistness of brownies in italian sweets) and they asked for the recipe.  When i gave it to them, and said then when they're cool you cut them in squares they asked "and then do you put them back in the oven to dry up?"!!!!!  I guess that says it all. 

 

This recipe is super authentic, comes direct from Artusi's cookbook, the classic italian cookbook of the 1800s.  The measures are not really precise because people didn't generally measure stuff carefully and the cookbook is in grams and i transformed them into cups, but may have calculated wrong.  They always came out fine and were loved by the clients, so i guess i must have calculated right, but you can do your own calculations - with flour the various cookbooks i used as references used different grams-to-cups proportions

 

I also adapted the recipe slightly, in that the original says to just mix everything but the nuts, adding the fifth egg if the dough is not wet enough. Also the original calls for a few grains of anise, but the cantucci i've had are usually cinnamon, but very faint in either case.  In the usual traditional italian cookie recipes you make a "well" of the dry ingredients, and put the soft butter, eggs and any liquid (this has none) in the center, and mix the stuff in the center with a fork, and then gradually incorporate the flour, switching to a spoon and then your hands.  I did it in a mixer, creaming butter and sugar then eggs, and then the dry. 

 

preheat oven to 325

grease a cookie sheet

 

3 1/2 cups flour (500 gms)

1 1/4 cup sugar (220 gms)

120 gms almonds (Artusi says you can also add pinoli)

30 grams butter (yes, very little)

4 to 5 eggs

salt

cinnamon (half a tsp - not more than 1 tsp - it really should be very subtle, they're not cinnamon cookies) or a pinch of anise

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

Mix butter, sugar as well as you can (given how little butter there is) and add four eggs.  Mix remaining ingredients and add to the mixture, stirring till wet - add another egg if the dough isn't of a consistency that is soft enough to make a log. 

 

form into four loaves, about as wide as a wrist (depending on how wide you want them - cantucci are usually smaller than what americans call"biscotti") and as long about as a hand.and about as high

bake until solid but soft. 

slice into slices about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. 

lay slices on their sides on the pan and cook again in same oven until hard. 

 

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post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recipe as well as the grams.. I'm European too and I hate the cups.. Also, I think that 1 cup sugar is 200 gr, at least that's what my converter says and what I use.. so it would be less than 1 1/4 cup but nevermind.. thanks :)

post #12 of 28

Actually i did that recipe back before i had a computer - 20 years ago - and i don't know where i got the conversions from, but the cups worked, they were ok i guess.  Not quite my kind of cookie!

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post #13 of 28
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Actually I don't think they would be mine as well, especially after reading your comments. The people won't have anything to dip these into at this event, and I don't want stone-hard cookies..

 

So I guess I'll turn to amaretti. Any tips for these, or a recipe? :)

post #14 of 28

no recipe for amaretti, unfortunately, at least none that i've tried, since i can't stand bitter almond or amaretto liqueur, even if i'm really hungry.  Those should be easy to find online though. 

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post #15 of 28
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They are, but a little professional help is never refused.. and you do seem to dislike many stuff :)

post #16 of 28

Yes, i understand, and i'm sorry to have referred you to internet which i don;t consider a very useful tool since you never know how good the recipes are if there isn;t a person who's tried them - what i meant was that the recipes for amaretti must be pretty common.  I really hate when i ask if anyone has a recipe and get a snotty reply to google it, there are plenty of them, duh.  It's annoying, because otherwise why go on a forum!  so i apologize, that wasn;t my meaning. 

 

Yes, i must seem very fussy, but I actually will eat practically anything if i don;t cook it - just that my dislikes are very strong - two tastes i can't tolerate are amaretto (bitter almond) and cilantro.  They make me cringe, with all the good will i can put (and there can be a lot of good will when you;re really hungry!) 

 

But some things have been a disilusionment for me (i must have spelled that wrong) a big disappointment - one is italian deserts.  I came hankering for a whole new world of deserts, and found very little that I felt was better than anything i had in my more generic american/international repertory.  Italy was a very poor country for so long that sugar and butter and eggs and cream (the basis of most good deserts) were scarce for most people, and they made do without.  When they did make sweets, like for holidays, they were usually just somethijng with lots of sugar and i really like more creamy, or bready or mild deserts, and of course chocolate.  So the traditional sweets are not very appealing to me.  I like jam on bread, but not spread on an already oversweet cookie dough (crostata). 

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post #17 of 28

ST, I have these recipes on my computer. They are however original recipes published by the BBC, so all credits go to them and the respective chefs Locatelli and James Martin.

I saw them make both recipes on TV, that's why I searched for them quite a while ago.

Locatelli's tiramisu is made in individual portions, served in an easy to make shell. I'm gonna make these for sure! James Martin makes biscotti and homemade(!) lemoncello to dip in. I remember that the dough for the biscotti looked very wet, you need to roll it very lighthandedly. And as always, biscotti come out quite tough, thats why you need to dip them in lemoncello, but also in sweet wine if you prefer.

 

Giorgio Locatelli tiramisu

Ingredients

For the base:

2 egg whites - 50 g caster sugar - 50 g flour - 50 g butter, melted

For the coffee sauce:

300 ml milk - 2 egg yolks - 50 g sugar - 1/2 tbsp espresso coffee

For the tiramisu cream:

2 eggs - few drops of marsala - 250 g mascarpone - 1 tbsp sugar

8 sponge fingers - espresso coffee, for soaking - cocoa powder, to decorate

Method

1. To make the base, beat together the egg whites and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, then fold in the flour. Carefully add the melted butter and beat until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes until set.
2. Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3.
3. Using the back of a metal spoon, spread four thin circles of the mixture onto a baking parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave plenty of space between the circles. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes until just golden.
4. Meanwhile, put the sponge fingers in a bowl and sprinkle with enough espresso coffee to soak. Turn the biscuits so they are evenly soaked. Refrigerate until needed.
5. Remove the base from the oven. Lift from the baking parchment with a palette knife, and while still soft, place on upturned glass tumblers or small bowls. Mould to form a basket. Leave to cool on the glasses.
6. Now make the coffee sauce. Heat the milk. Mix the egg yolks, sugar and coffee together. When the milk comes to the boil, remove from the heat and slowly stir in the egg yolk mixture. Return the pan to the heat and simmer very gently for 2 minutes over low heat. Do not let the mixture boil or the egg will overcook and scramble. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and leave to cool. Put in the fridge to chill.
7. Now make the tiramisu cream. Separate the egg whites and yolks. Put the yolks and sugar in a food processor or mixer, and whisk on medium speed for about 10 minutes until the mixture is almost white. Add a few drops of marsala wine.
8. Add the mascarpone and continue whisking until well mixed. Scrape into a bowl, cover with cling film and put in the fridge.
9. When ready to assemble the tiramisu, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then carefully fold in the mascarpone mix.
10. Spoon some of the tiramisu cream into one of the baskets. Add some crumbled soaked ladyfinger biscuits and then some more cream. Continue until the basket is full, making sure the final layer is the cream. Repeat with the remaining baskets.
11. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve at once.

 

 

James Martin Apricot and almond biscotti with limoncello

Ingredients
For the limoncello
700ml/1 pint 5fl oz fruit alcohol, 40-80 per cent proof, or vodka
200g/7oz caster sugar
8 unwaxed lemons, zest and juice
For the biscotti
250g/9oz plain flour
250g/9oz caster sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
3 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
50g/2oz dried sweetened strawberries, chopped
100g/3½oz dried apricots, chopped
50g/2oz medjool dates, stones removed, chopped
75g/2½oz pistachio nuts, shells removed
50g/2oz whole blanched almonds
50g/2oz hazelnuts, shells removed
1 lemon, zest only

Method
1. For the limoncello, pour a little of the alcohol into a pan, add the sugar and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and zest. Stir in the remaining alcohol and allow to cool. Pour into a clean bottle, then place into the fridge or freezer to chill thoroughly.
3. For the biscotti, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
4. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add half the beaten eggs and mix well, then add half of what's left and mix again. Add the last quarter a little at a time until the dough takes shape but isn't too wet (you may not need to use all of the eggs). Add the fruit, nuts and lemon zest and mix well.
5. Divide the dough into six pieces. With wet hands, roll each piece into a sausage shape about 5cm/2in wide and place well apart on the baking sheet. Lightly flatten the 'sausages' and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and harden for ten minutes.
6. With a serrated knife, cut the 'sausages' on an angle into 0.5cm/¼in slices and lay these on the baking sheet. Return to the oven and bake for eight minutes, then turn the slices over and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until they are a pale golden colour. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks. When completely cold, the biscotti can be stored in airtight jars for a week or more.
7. To serve, pour the limoncello into a chilled shot glass and serve with the biscotti.

  

post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 

Chris, thanks a lot for the recipes.

 

Siduri, I am sorry if I misphrased my comment, I only said it as a statement, it's no problem and of course no need for apologise.

 

Anyway, after reading some tips and recipes on Amaretti here's what I found most appropriate:

 

325 gr. almonds (I will buy raw and blanch them)

300 gr. sugar

3 egg whites

1 tsp. almond extract

 

The typical recipe demands grinding the almonds first in a food processor and then adding the sugar, but I also read that it's better to do it in the same time? Also, castor/powdered or regular granulated sugar? And some people advice putting the whites directly in the processor, while others say to first beat them until stiff/hard peaks. I know that you don't like these, but perhaps from your experience you would know what's better to do?

post #19 of 28

I never made them, and i don't like them, so i haven't really paid much attention to their texture. 

If you like the taste of bitter almond (which is what almond extract is, not the taste of regular almonds) the traditional way would be to put a few bitter ones in the mix.  Not more than that because they're slightly toxic. 

 

Ok, now i found the recipe in artusi

 

300 gm powdered sugar

180 gm sweet almonds (normal)

20 gm bitter almonds

3 egg whites

 

peel the almonds, dumping them in boiling water then draining and popping them out of their skins.  (the almonds are presumably shelled before weighing of course)

dry them out in a low oven

crush them in a mortar (maybe a blender would do the same, they will become greasy in the mortar as they do in a blender)

add the whites as you crush them adding one of the egg whites that you add a little at a time .  MIx in half the sugar, working with your hands.  transfer into a bowl and keep working with your hands, adding half an egg white, then half the sugar, then the last half egg white and last half sugar. 

 

The dough should be very homogeneous and you should be able to roll it into a long stick and cut it in equal pieces.  Take them up one by one with wet hands and form a ball as large as a walnut.  squash them to about a cm in height, and continue dusting them lightly with sugar before putting in a hot oven - yields about 30 amaretti

This was preceded by another recipe (though he says this one is better) and probably intends the baking to be described in the previous recipe.  You are supposed to put them on "host" (that thin flat floury paperlike stuff that hosts are made for for churches, and that you find on the outside of sticky torrone) or bake on well greased and floured pan.    no indications of time, and they didn't use thermometers in those days!

 

 

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post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 

Judging by the recipes, Amaretti is a drop cookie, meaning you just take from the batter with a tsp. and put it on the sheet. No rolling like biscotti :)

post #21 of 28

ST,

in case you haven't made up your mind as yet, here are a few of my favorites...for a cookie, a simple pignoli or toasted seame seed...you can never go wrong with cannolis, however they are quite labor intensive unless you have a bakery you can buy the shells from...then there is always crostata di ricotta, a sublime italian cheese pie with a pasta frolla ( pastry crust with sugar, marsala, and orange zest....

joey

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post #22 of 28


 

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Judging by the recipes, Amaretti is a drop cookie, meaning you just take from the batter with a tsp. and put it on the sheet. No rolling like biscotti :)


 

That's what i would have imagined, too,  but then i looked in the old Artusi, La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene (1910 edition) and it gave two recipes, each of which required you to roll out a sort of snake and cut it in pieces, then roll them in balls and squash them slightly with the hands.  (neither called for rolling them out, like with a rolling pin, nor do biscotti recipes).  Amaretti are soft and chewy not crispy like meringues, though probably by the time they get exported they become dry.  I was pleasantly surprised when i first had panforte di siena here, and it was beautifully soft, while what i'd always tasted in the states was a jawbreaker. 

 

I just checked out Ada Boni's Talismano della Felicita', another classic, but more recent, and here, despite the many contraptions invented to grate and grind almonds, she also says to  smash the peeled and dried almonds in a mortar, then beat the whites, add powdered sugar, beating, and then the almonds and then to put them in a pastry bag and squirt out walnut-sized balls,

 

her ingredients are similar though,

125 gms almonds

50 gm bitter almonds

225 gm powdered sugar

2 egg whites

powdered sugar to dust on top before baking.  But first let them sit there for "many hours" then bake in a moderate oven until they're swollen and the insides are hollow

However ada boni doesn;t really specify powdered sugar in the mixture, but says "sugar in powder" which seems like powdered sugar, but the dusting sugar at the end is described as zucchero a velo, which is the usual term for the fine sugar that blows away when you sift it, what we call powdered sugar.  Probably the first one is superfine sugar. 

 

The thing is, Italian recipes are never very accurate and rarely really describe how things are done, but each of these specifies how to do it (beat the whites, or add the whites to the mortar; roll into a snake and cut and roll into balls or to squeeze from a pastry bag and let them sit for several hours. 

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post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 

Well I guess I'll go with the beat the whites, fold in the almonds, powdered sugar (in Macedonia there is only granulated and powdered sugar, so that's what I'm going by..) and almond extract, drop the dough with teaspoons and bake.. Now, some recipes say 24-30 mins at 150 degrees and others 15 at 180 with the same ingredients, what do you say I should listen?

post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 

They were lovely! I wasn't so sure about the whole thing but when I was making them I knew they would succeed. I made them like I wrote above, baked at 170 for around 15 minutes. They came out great, soft when warm and brilliantly chewy today. Everyone who tried them immediately fell in love, the beautiful crunchy (but not too much) texture, the almonds in the dough and the final, marzipan taste.. People at these events know that I love cooking and that I have experience with sweets, but even they were too surprised, not to mention the new people.

 

I'm not showing off. I'm simply praising these genius cookies. Thanks a lot to everyone for the help :)

post #25 of 28

Hi

I hope this recipe will help you. Try this:

 

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

 

 

Ingredient:

 

6 T. unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking sheet

2 C. all-purpose flour, plus more for baking sheet

1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 C. sugar

2 large eggs

1 C. shelled pistachio nuts

1/2 C. chocolate chips
 

 

Method:

 

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour a baking sheet; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Add flour mixture, and stir to form a stiff dough. Stir in pistachios and chocolate chips.

Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet; form into a slightly flattened log, about 12 x 4 inches. Bake until slightly firm, about 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300ºF.

On a cutting board, using a sharp serrated knife, cut biscotti diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet, and bake until crisp but still slightly soft in the center, about 8 minutes.

post #26 of 28

Hi

I hope this recipe will help you. Try this:

 

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

 

 

Ingredient:

 

6 T. unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking sheet

2 C. all-purpose flour, plus more for baking sheet

1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 C. sugar

2 large eggs

1 C. shelled pistachio nuts

1/2 C. chocolate chips
 

 

Method:

 

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour a baking sheet; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Add flour mixture, and stir to form a stiff dough. Stir in pistachios and chocolate chips.

Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet; form into a slightly flattened log, about 12 x 4 inches. Bake until slightly firm, about 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300ºF.

On a cutting board, using a sharp serrated knife, cut biscotti diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet, and bake until crisp but still slightly soft in the center, about 8 minutes.

post #27 of 28

I posted this to a very old thread asking for biscotti help.   I've made LOADS of these, giving them for Xmas gifts with a card explaining they are meant to be dunked.   Surprising how many people don't know that and think I make very hard cookies.   These are for hazelnut nuts/flavoring, but I also made traditional almond/anise ones for myself.   In that case, I just worked fast because I had no idea how much liquid I was really putting into the hazelnut ones.   The hazelnut ones were the big favorites with all my gift recipients, BTW.   And the combo of hazelnut & chocolate is legendary, so sometimes I drizzled chocolate on them after they were done.

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 I used to make biscotti very frequently. My favorite recipe called for butter (I kept trying to find one without, like true Italian biscotti, but alas, those never turned out well.)

 I finally hit on a recipe, using toasted hazelnuts as the nut in them. I could not find hazelnut flavoring anywhere, so I used about 1½ T of hazelnut coffee syrup. It did a few things that improved my biscotti.

(My original recipe was very similar to Siduri's).

 1. the small addition of liquid - very small - gave me more time "in the zone" the point where the biscotti slices easily. Before that I would wait a couple of minutes after the 1st baking and then slice. All went well until it cooled too much, then it crumbled. The very small addition of the syrup gave me more time.

 2. the flavor, of course,

 3. the cookies did not get brown too fast (we liked ours pale, like real Italian ones)

 I always made a triple recipe - enough for 4 (large flat) logs on 2 large cookie sheets. (baked at the same time I never noticed a bit of difference baking them one at a time) My cookies were generously long, about 7" long, 1/2 to 3/4: wide & high, not the typical "home made" crecent look. 

 When I took them out after the 1st baking, (when golden and holding their shape well) I let them set maybe 2-4 minutes, If you sliced them too soon, they mushed up when slicking, when they cooled too much, they crumbled. You had to hit it just at the right temperature. (As I mentioned above the small amount of liquid helped extend the period)

 I remember they were still rather hot as I sliced, because I usually held the log with a dish towel while I worked. I used a serrated knife and used the knife edge to scoot them on the cookie sheet. I did NOT lay them on their sides. I merely spread them out all over the sheet with the knife behind them for support, that way the sides were exposed to the heat on the 2nd baking and I did not have to turn them. The knife helped keep them in shape when they were softer from the heat

 On the 2nd baking, I put both pans back in the oven at reduced temperature. I cooked it for about 10-12 minutes, then I turned the oven off and left the cookies in until the oven was completely cool - usually overnight.

  This worked beautifully for me, drying them out completely without over browning. The tiny bit of extra liquid helped me slice them cleanly and leaving them standing up eliminated turning them over. Also I found chopping the nuts to a small pea size, no larger, helped because when the knife hit them it made a mess too.

Hope this helps

post #28 of 28

Thanks, I've been looking for that recipe!

 

I just checked out Ada Boni's Talismano della Felicita', another classic, but more recent, and here, despite the many contraptions invented to grate and grind almonds, she also says to smash the peeled and dried almonds in a mortar, then beat the whites, add powdered sugar, beating, and then the almonds and then to put them in a pastry bag and squirt out walnut-sized balls,
 

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