Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Hazelnut Biscotti

This is this year's batch of biscotti which we made at Christmas. Below you will find the recipe, which happened to be one of my first posts when I started the blog. Hope you enjoy!

Sorry, Mom but these hazelnut biscotti do not come from your treasure trove of Italian recipes. Truth be told, for years I have been using a recipe gleaned and adapted from the Canadian Living kitchens. Angie is a fan of these delightful treats and as requested, I made a batch just for her so I could post the recipe on line. Angie, good luck with the recipe...let us know how they turn out! Hope you enjoy them, dipped in a nice espresso or café americano.

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup hazelnuts
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Triple Sec liqueur
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 egg white slightly beaten
100 g dark Belgian chocolate

Roast the hazelnuts in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes. Roasting gives extra flavor and crunch. In a bowl combine the flour and baking powder then stir in the cooled hazelnuts. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and gradually add the sugar, butter, vanilla, liqueur and orange rind. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix. You will have a sticky dough which will be transferred to a lightly floured work surface. Form the dough into a ball and divide into three portions. Roll out each portion into a 9 inch long by 2 3/4 inch wide log. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and brush with the egg white. Bake 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each log diagonally into 1/2 inch wide slices. Return to the same baking sheet (cut side side up) and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool and dip in melted Belgian chocolate.
Makes about 30 biscotti.


  1. You had a very merry biscotti Christmas. All looks picture-perfect!

  2. Claudia, thanks for dropping by. How did you survive the holiday baking and festivities? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  3. Mmm Anna, this is a lovely batch of biscotti! I've had biscotti on my list of things to make for quite some time now, but have not gotten around to it. Thank you for the reminder!

  4. They look so perfect, always a classic and a popular favourite in our home, the best dunkers for sure! Hope you and your family had a fantastic Christmas, and best wishes for much health, wealth and happiness in the New Year to come. Looking forward to many more of your delicious posts in the upcoming year.