Friday, December 20, 2013

Gingerbread Biscotti

   Every year at Christmas I like to give a homemade gift of some kind to our neighbors. Since Christmas is only a few days away I decided it was probably time to get something made. =) I love biscotti but have never made it myself. (although I have had many good intentions to do so.)
    After tossing several options around I decided to give it a shot. I thought, if it flops I'll just start over with option #2 and enjoy the spoils myself. Thankfully, (but also rather regretfully) it turned out wonderful. I had a sample and the rest went out the door. Guess I'll be making more soon. =)


Gingerbread Biscotti
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
 2 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 oz white baking chocolate
crystallized ginger
Preheat oven to 350ยบ. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined. In a separate bowl sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture, about 1 cup at a time until it is all incorporated. 
Flour your work surface and transfer dough to the surface. Divide the dough in half and on a parchment lined baking sheet form each piece of dough into a log about 11"x5".
 Bake for 30-40 minutes until the surface springs back when lightly touched. Remove from the oven and transfer from baking sheet to cutting board. Let cool 10-15 minutes then with a serrated knife slice 3/4-1 inch slices. Place the slices, cut side down back onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Return to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes more, flipping halfway through. The longer you bake it the harder and crunchier it will be. Once done place on wire racks to cool. 
When completely cool, melt the chocolate and drizzle it over top or dip the biscotti in it. Garnish with finely chopped crystallized ginger. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or your favorite tea. 



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 Glory to God in the Highest, 
and on earth peace, goodwill
toward men.
~Luke 2:14

   As we celebrate our Savior's birth, may the love, joy and peace of the season surround and go with you into the new year! From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!





 

2 comments:

  1. Hello I'm a neighbor!! hehe It looks perfect!

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    1. Haha Yes you are! =) I ran short the first time...I'll get you with the second batch. Deal?? =)

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