Friday, March 5, 2010

Cashew Biscotti with chocolate glaze


This is going to be my first homemade Biscotti. Biscotti is an all time favorite at our house. I have been meaning to make this from a long long time. The time was just right few days back, when I had all ingredients and the memory that I had to make this :) I got the recipe from 'Joy of Baking' and was surprised to know it didn't require butter or oil. Just flour, sugar,  eggs and the rest of the usual baking ingredients.



Ingredients:

1 cup (145 grams) unsalted cashews, toasted and chopped coarsely
1 teaspoon (5 grams)baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/ 2 teaspoon orange extract



Method:

Preheat oven to 300 F(150 C)
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and extracts together
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (except the nuts) for 30 seconds
Then gradually add the egg mixture along with the cashews
Mix until the dough comes together (It will be probably a gooey sticky dough)
Transfer the dough directly to the baking pan (the dough can be too gooey sticky to roll it on a separate surface and then transfer, hence its better to do the flattening or rolling on the prepared baking pan.
Roll the dough about 14 inches (35 cm) long and 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) wide and and bake for 30-40 minutes until firm to touch (Log will spread during baking)
Cool it on a wire rack about 10 minutes.
Transfer log to a cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut it into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick on the diagonal.
Arrange the slices on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 10 minutes.
Cool on wired rack



Once cooled prepare the chocolate glaze:



Ingredients:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon butter

Method:

Melt both the ingredients over a pot of simmering water (double boiler method). Dip the biscotti on one side in the glaze and keep the glazed side facing up on a baking sheet. Repeat the step for all biscotti. Transfer to refrigerator to firm up the chocolate glaze. Enjoy !

13 comments:

Happy Cook said...

They look so so beautiful and so good. Love that you coated with chocolate :-)

Priya said...

wow..cashew biscotti...u made it to perfect..hmm..yum

Asha said...

Perfect with with a cup of hot coffee, looks great.

Divya Kudua said...

Yum..love the chocolate glazed ones:)

RA said...

Hey roopa,

Thank you so much for this recipe.. I tried it out as soon as I saw there was no butter.. I'm a biscotti lover and this was awesome. I used almonds instead of cashews and sprinkled some pistachios on the chocolate glaze. It was awesome.. thanks for this low fat recipe.

Anu

Cham said...

Wow that looks so perfect and i love the coating!

Tina said...

Kandittu kothiyavunnu..orennam eduthotte...

Cynthia said...

Very nice indeed!

Sushma Mallya said...

very beautiful biscotti...perfect i can say with that glaze..so yum

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh man, that looks amazing, beautifully done...perfect:)

kripa said...

wow look at the blog and look at the biscotti! you are now officially the baking master/supremo of our family :) i want to make this.. I know J will totally dig this as cashews are his favorites

Roopa said...

Happy Cook, Cynthia, Malar Gandhi, Sushma,Asha, Priya, Cham Thank you so much :) I am so glad it came out good the first time i made it and yes it rocks with a cup of tea/coffee :)

RA : I am so glad you tried it and even more happier to know it came out well :) Yes it indeed is quiet a low fat recipe if the absense of butter and oil is considered. Pistacios, wow that must have added the extra crunch to it :), love the idea, thanks for sharing it :)

Tina, Thank you so much :) orennam endina, ellam edutholu :)

Kripa, wow thank you for that title :) , means a lot to me,...Yes its easy to make too , i cudnt fit the log into my tiny toaster oven, so split the log in two parts, but it came out good even then.

Padhu said...

Looks fantastic!
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