Friday, July 26, 2013

Almond-Lavender Biscotti for Lavender Week

Almond-lavender biscotti

Well, so far for Lavender Week, I have shown you how to drink your lavender!  But since this week is brought to you courtesy of The Novel Bakers – I felt that I must bake something.  Unfortunately baking and I are not friends.  Cooking, yes.  Baking, no.  There are way too many things that can go wrong in baking, believe me, I’ve experienced them all.  But there is one thing I can bake – biscotti!  Biscotti doesn’t have to rise much, or stay moist or do any of the other zillion things I can’t do when I bake. 

Bowl filled with lavender biscotti ingredients

And, if you are really lucky, you find a recipe that doesn’t even require a mixer.  This recipe from The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Livingfrom Mark Bittman was so easy even I could do it!

Almond-lavender biscotti

This was wonderful.  A soft hint of lavender and with the perfect amount of crunch.  I love that the almonds were processed in a food processor to become almost another flour.  As a matter of fact, I loved it so much that I processed all of the almonds not the half that was called for.  I would like to tell you that I made a conscious decision to do that, but no, it was just me not paying attention to the recipe (see why I don’t bake?!).  But since it was the oh-so-forgiving biscotti, it still came out wonderful!

Almond-Lavender Biscotti

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 T minced fresh lavender
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey

Heat the oven to 350.  Put half the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.  Place them in a large bowl with the rest of the almonds, the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt and mix well.  Add the honey and 3/4 cup water and mix until just incorporated.  Add a little extra water if needed to bring the dough together.

Lightly grease two baking sheets with a little oil and dust with flour (I just use parchment paper and only one baking sheet).  Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a 2-inch wide log.  Put each log on a baking sheet and bake until golden and beginning to crack on top, 30 to 40 minutes.  Cool the logs on the sheet for a few minutes.  Lower the oven temp to 250.

When the loaves are cool enough to handle use a serrated knife to cut on a diagonal into 1/2-inch slices.  Place the slices on the sheets, return to the oven and leave them there, turning once, until they dry out some, about 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool completely on wire racks.  Store in an airtight container.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

 

The Novel Bakers Lavender Week

"The Novel Bakers" return with Lavender Week July 22 through July 28

This week-long event is hosted by:

a quiet life

Home is Where the Boat Is

Once Upon a Plate

Rattlebridge Farm

and

special guest – ME!

 

And that concludes my lavender week with The Novel Bakers!  I would like to thank them so much for letting me participate!!

12 comments:

Joanne said...

What a dainty coffee accompaniment! I wish I had one to dip this morning.

a quiet life said...

oh so beautiful, i love your pics!

Terri Steffes said...

Yum. I love making biscotti, too. The perfect housewarming gift!

Mary Lee said...

Lavender as a cooking herb? I would never have thought of that.

I recently finished a book you might enjoy--Serena, by Ron Rash. Right now I'm reading Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett. Liking that one, too.

Stacy Brady said...

Pam, next year you should plan a vacation out to the Sequim Lavender Festival. Brian and I went last year and we loved it!

http://www.sequimlavenderfestivalweekend.com/

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

My mouth is watering ~ great combination of flavors. I want one! :o)

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Almonds would be PERFECT with lavender! I can just imagine the two flavors coming together. I've never made biscotti. Your lavender blossoms are gorgeous, Pam. My bushes are dry and horrid. I had to search far and wide to find three sprigs for my carrots. :-0
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Marjie said...

It's been a great week!

Sarah said...

I made biscotti years ago. I think I'll try again and use this recipe. Thanks!

Bella Rum said...

I can almost taste it. Your pics are wonderful.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I'm no baker either, Pam, which is one reason why I have always shied away from making biscotti - I've always worried that I would end up with something you could totally break a tooth or two on. Maybe I need to set that nervousness aside and give these a try.

grace said...

i'm becoming more and more enamored of lavender. this is a great nosh. :)