posted by Schmitty 06-01-102 6:51 PM
Banana Biscotti Bones
(These actually can be eaten by humans as well....just not sweet)
5 cups flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup pureed bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and set a rack on the middle level. Have ready one or two ungreased non-stick baking sheets.
Mix the flour, peanuts and baking soda together in large bowl. Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients, except the water, until lumpy but blended. Add enough water a teaspoon at a time to make a stiff dough. Knead by hand until thoroughly mixed or blend everything in a food processor.
For very large biscotti, form the dough into 2 logs each about 2 1/2 inches high, placing one on each baking sheet. Flatten each log so that it is about 6 inches wide and 1 inch high. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove to wire racks and let rest for 10 minutes. Leave the oven on.
Transfer the logs to a cutting board and slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces. (It's easiest to slice them on the diagonal using a serrated bread knife.) Return the slices to the baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes longer, turning once, until they are golden brown. Cool on racks. Store in tightly closed tin at room temperature. Makes 30 to 60 depending on the size.
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