Once upon a time when we used to go to cafes without a care in the world, we'd sometimes get a biscotti to dip in our coffee. While the cafes are closed, we thought we'd have a go at making our own and were really pleased with how they turned out. They're as tooth-breakingly hard as the original version, but just as tasty too. Our kids are keen on them as well, but note that they're guaranteed to dislodge any wobbly teeth! Play around with the flavours depending on what you've got in the cupboard.
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 125g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 50g almonds
- 75g chocolate (we used dark, but our kids think milk would work too)
- Zest of one orange
- A few drops of vanilla or almond essence
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/gas 4.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until thick, pale and leaves a trail if you take the whisk out. We used an electric whisk but you could do it by hand with a whisk and some elbow grease.
3. Fold in the remaining ingredients until it comes together as a stiff dough.
4. Shape the dough into a rectangle shape around 25 cm long and 6 cm wide. Put it on a lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes.
6. Cut the slightly cooled dough width-ways into around 12 - 15 lengths and place them, spaced out, back onto the lined baking tray.
7. Put back in the oven for five minutes, then remove and turn each of the biscuits over. Return to the oven for a final five minutes.
8. Cool on a rack and get the coffee on!
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