I lived in Italy for over seven years and started every morning meal with biscotti. This version features walnuts and the refreshing flavors of lemon and orange.
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- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon each almond, rum and vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the walnuts, lemon peel and orange peel.
- Divide dough in half. On a greased baking sheet, shape each half into an 11-in. x 3-in. rectangle. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Carefully remove to wire racks; cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 1/2-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes on each side. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Citrus Nut Biscotti in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2009, p63
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.
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