Friday, October 29, 2010

Chocolate Anise Biscotti

Biscotti

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t bake desserts.  There are no pies or cakes here, an occasional muffin may make it’s way, but not often.  But there is one thing I bake, biscotti.  I haven’t found anything else as forgiving as biscotti.  It doesn’t rise, it’s not supposed to be soft, moist, light, or fluffy – all words that I have trouble with.

So, when this week’s theme for I Heart Cooking Clubs – Giada – was chocolate, I was hoping that she would have a chocolate biscotti recipe.  Of course, Giada had a chocolate biscotti recipe, why was I worried?  I found this in Giada's Family Dinners, but you can also find it online, though it’s called Chocolate Anise Cookies there. 

Biscotti

These were so good.  I don’t even like anise all that much, but the flavor was subtle and just right.  I only had a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips, so I ended up subbing an equal amount of white chocolate chips.  I think it really worked well.  Plus it allowed me to use up two small amounts left in bags (I love that!).  Using up little bits of things in my pantry makes me ridiculously happy.

Chocolate Anise Biscotti

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground anise seed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or half chocolate, half white chocolate)

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Add the ground anise seed and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Form the dough into a 16-inch-long, 3-inch-wide log. Transfer the log to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.

    Place the log on the cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.

    Makes about two dozen.

    This will be my entry for I Heart Cooking Clubs!

     

     

    And for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

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  • 27 comments:

    Joanne said...

    I used up some leftover grains the other day and it made me ridiculously happy as well. The little things.

    These biscotti sound delicious. I'm a huge anise fan, actually. My dad hates it so we never have any desserts with it but I am going to have to make these cookies this holiday season!

    Melynda said...

    I have never made biscotti, I think the time is now, this looks delicious. Thanks Pam.

    June said...

    I want one, uhhh TWO right now. Aw, just throw the jar in too, OK?

    Kat said...

    I do not like biscotti, but I do love that jar they are in!!

    food for thought said...

    you are such a good cook, how can baking scare you?

    Marjie said...

    I was just given a cookbook with a recipe for biscotti in it. I'm thinking of trying them, especially since most of my horde probably won't like them.

    theUngourmet said...

    I love making biscotti. I'll have to give this one a try soon. I haven't used anise in my baking yet. It should be fun! :)

    Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

    I'm glad that you said that the anise flavor was subtle because that's one of those flavors I'm not all that fond of either.

    The biscotti look beautiful... you did a great job.

    Jhonny walker said...

    BIscotti with Anise? Now that's what I call lovely lovely baking with flavors. I will surely try some soon :)

    Peter M said...

    I love biscotti with anise....made an almond batch today...we're thinking alike!

    Cathy said...

    This is the perfect way to use up the odd bits of chips in my cupboard. And I do like the flavor of anise. Looks yummy.

    Reeni said...

    I love anise - never had it combined with chocolate! Delicious!

    MM said...

    I like biscotti. I don't like anise. But if you say it's subtle...

    Julie said...

    These sounds just delish, makes me wish I was a coffee person so I could make these and dunk them. Milk would work too I guess :)

    urban muser said...

    these look great. and i agree, i am not much of a baker either, but biscotti can be quite forgiving.

    Couscous & Consciousness said...

    Oh yes, I love using up little bits of things from the pantry as well. That aside, these biscotti sound wonderful - I've never made them before, but now that I know how forgiving they are you can be sure they will be going on my list :-)
    Sue

    shabby girl said...

    Love biscotti! Love anise too. I remember walking home from school as a kid and picking little seeds off a plant on the way. Must have been anise. Licorice-y. Yum!

    lisaiscooking said...

    I always have fun trying different biscotti recipes, and this sounds like a great one! Subtle anise sounds perfect.

    Kim said...

    Using up little bits of this and that makes me all too happy as well! I am a fan of anise and would love to taste this combination together.

    ButterYum said...

    I don't know why I don't make biscotti throughout the year, but there's never a time when it isn't good to eat, right?

    :)
    ButterYum

    girlichef said...

    Sometimes it's just the simple things, isn't it? These sound wonderful! I can almost imagine the scent of anise...mmmmm!

    The Chef In My Head said...

    I LOVE biscotti!!! For the same reasons you do, I'm not a great baker (too much science involved). Honestly, who wants to measure? I will try these for the holidays for sure! ~LeslieMichele

    Lea Ann said...

    Look at those perfect little biscotti's!

    Debinhawaii said...

    So many things to love--the biscotti which look delicious, using up the little bits--on of my favorite things and that jar is so darn cute! Great pick! ;-)

    Cook of the House said...

    I am not much of a baker either but these look delicious.

    Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

    I have my eye on these too - great biscotti! They look delish, perfect with tea.

    grace said...

    i've never fiddled with anise and i've never made biscotti. frankly, it hurts my gums. i guess i should eat it as it was meant to be eaten--moistened by coffee. lovely work, pam. :)