Thursday, April 27, 2006

Lemon biscotti with toasted pignoli

Lemon Biscotti with toasted Pignoli

Mom & Dad are arriving in Columbia late tonight and in case they need a snack when they get here I decided to make some biscotti. We all know Rebecca is the biscotti master, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway. (MOM & DAD - if you are reading this you are getting a sneak peak, but you SHOULD BE PACKING!)

I bought some pine nuts the last time I was at the Fresh Market (not really knowing what I was going to do with them), so I went searching for a recipe. After reading a few I found one on the Delicious Days website. My recipe below is based on what I found there...

Pignoli Biscotti

2/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 2 Lemons
2 cups plus 2 T flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Place nuts in a shallow pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.

In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon juice and zest. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, mixing until blended. Fold in nuts.

Divide dough in half. On a greased and floured baking sheet pat out into two logs about 1/2 inch high, 1 1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake in the middle of a preheated 325 degree oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer from the baking sheet to a rack. Let cool for 5 minutes. Place on a cutting board. With a serrated knife slice diagonally at a 45 degree angle about 1/2 inches thick. Lay slices flat on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 10 minutes longer, turning over once, to dry slightly. Let cool on a rack. Store in a covered container.


Anonymous said...

They look sooooo good
If you heard the pitter patter of little feet during the nite, my money's on your father...and Matt if your read this, Pat said at least there's no powdered sugar to give you away

mom said...

As beautiful as these biscotti look...they taste even better!!