Classic Almond Biscotti

posted by Lisa UK 01-12-100 5:19 AM

Classic Almond Biscotti
Makes about 24

1 cup whole almonds with skins
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the almonds on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Toast until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. Do not turn off the oven. Grease and flour another large baking sheet.

Use a whisk to combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Beat 2 of the eggs, the egg yolks and vanilla in a small bowl with a fork. Pour over the dry ingredients and use the fork to combine them. When the liquid ingredients have been incorporated, knead the dough with your hands until smooth.

Coarsely chop the cooled almonds and knead them into the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half. With your hands, shape each into a flat log about 12 inches long and 3 inches across. Place the logs on the baking sheet, about 4 inches apart.

Beat the remaining 1 egg with a fork. Lightly brush the beaten egg over the 2 logs. Bake until the logs are firm to the touch and lightly browned on top, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce heat to 325 degrees.

Wearing oven mitts, cut the logs on the diagonal into 1-inch-wide slices. Lay the slices on the baking sheet and return them to the oven. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.

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